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COVID-19 Vaccination Required to Visit Saudi Arabia Holy Sites

October 11, 2021 • 5:11 pm CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah stated in a press release issued on October 9, 2021, that based on the keenness of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on the health of Umrah performers, worshippers, and visitors of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet's Holy Mosque and per the effective health instructions of the Health Ministry regarding the implementation of preventive protocols to prevent infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, it was decided that starting October 10, 2021, the issuance of permits to perform Umrah and prayers in the Grand Mosque and to visit the Prophet's Mosque will be exclusive to only COVID-19 vaccinated people.

Permits will be issued to those who have received two doses of the KSA's approved COVID-19 vaccine and the cases excluded from taking the vaccine as indicated in the Tawakalna app.

Tawakkalna helps individuals, security, health, and private entities, that are exempted from the curfew to automatize all transactions between relevant parties in order to mitigate the health, economic and social impacts that may result from the implementation of policies taken to eliminate the spread of Covid-19.

The Ministry added that Umrah performers who have completed the reservation and issuance of a permit to perform Umrah, prayer, or visitation and yet to take the two vaccination doses must ensure taking the second dose 48 hours before the permit date avoid cancellation.

Furthermore, appointments to take and complete the COVID-19 vaccine doses at the vaccination centers throughout the Kingdom are open to all.

The US Department of State says Saudi Arabia is currently administering the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) or the Oxford-AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) COVID vaccine for free to all citizens and residents in the Kingdom. For more information, visit the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 vaccine website.

The Ministry indicated that all precautionary and preventive measures related to the pandemic are subject to continuous evaluation by the Public Health Authority (Weqaya) and as per the developments of the pandemic updates.

In addition to COVID-19 vaccinations, the Ministry of Health has established several vaccine requirements that visitors must meet to obtain an Entry Visa for Hajj and Umrah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj season 1434 H.