AJKHUTOA rejoices as Saudi govt allows Umrah for foreign pilgrims

AJKHUTOA rejoices as Saudi govt allows Umrah for foreign pilgrims
A view of Masjid-e-Nabwi in Madina before the deadly virus' impact across the Globe.Haseeb Ibn Hameed for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: All Jammu Kashmir Hajj Umrah Tour Operators Association (AJKHUTOA) has welcomed the move of the Saudi government to allow foreign pilgrims including those from India for Umrah after two years.

“In a welcome move, Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia has announced on Sunday that the kingdom has decided to accept foreign pilgrims, who want to perform Umrah under the updated coronavirus-related restrictions. Saudi Arabia has gradually begun receiving Umrah pilgrimage from abroad for vaccinated pilgrims,” reads a statement issued by AJKHUTOA.

It stated that however with the resumption of Umrah intending pilgrims willing to undertake the Umrah Pilgrimage can travel to Saudi Arabia via Flights through Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain, Oman and the Gulf after qualifying the laid COVID19 protocol of that country.

“However Charter flights can’t be arranged for pilgrimage as it does not fulfill the criteria as its neither a humanitarian issue nor any repatriation of stranded passengers.”

“We at AJKHUTOA are exploring all the possibilities of facilitating Umrah Pilgrimage as a moral obligation and operating ethically and discuss the package thoroughly with terms and conditions to facilitate the pilgrims, without any ambiguity, inconvenience and any unethical business practice that will create inconvenience to the general public and the intending pilgrims, to avoid last-minute disappointments and inconvenience we request the public to book with registered and reputed companies with registered offices.”

Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also eased some restrictions for international travel in the backdrop of a decline in new COVID-19 cases. The relaxed measures include reinstating full capacity and ending distancing for worshipers in the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah.

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