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Saudi Arabia receives 1st group of Egyptian pilgrims after a two-year hiatus

Following a two-year pause due to the Corona pandemic issue, the Saudi Kingdom welcomed the first group of Egyptian pilgrims to undertake the Umrah ritual.

According to Adel Hanafi, Vice-President of the General Union of Egyptians in the Kingdom, three groups of Egyptian pilgrims have been formed to conduct the Umrah ceremonies.

In televised statements, he confirmed the restoration of awarding Umrah visas to Egyptians, noting that the cost had risen from 35,000 pounds in previous years.

He stated that the Kingdom has implemented many health measures and procedures to allow pilgrims to undertake the Umrah ceremonies, including:

Make a PCR test.
A medical swab must be taken within 48 hours of travel.

Vaccination against the Coronavirus in Egypt, as well as the acquisition of a QR.

He said that when the pilgrim arrives in Saudi Arabia, he will be subjected to a three-day institutional quarantine within one of the designated hotels.

He will next do a medical smear, and if the results are negative, he will be able to continue his travel to complete Umrah.

According to Hanafi, coming to do Umrah necessitates obtaining an Umrah visa from the Kingdom’s general consulate in Cairo, Suez, or Alexandria governorates.

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