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Prospects brighten for Hajj 2021 as Saudi Arabia decides to reopen all airports

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  • Saudi Arabia has determined to open all airports within the nation from March 31.
  • Saudi Aviation Authority has stated that each one international locations besides the place coronavirus nonetheless prevails shall be allowed to function flights.
  • Instances of residents belonging to international locations the place the virus hasn’t been managed shall be completely investigated.

After a hiatus of months, Hajj, Umrah prospects for Muslims around the globe, together with Pakistan, have turn out to be brighter this yr as Saudi Arabia has determined to open all airports within the nation from March 31 on Wednesday.

The Saudi Aviation Authority has issued a notification saying that each one international locations besides the place coronavirus nonetheless prevails shall be allowed to function flights.

Learn extra: Saudi Arabia opens borders for Umrah, 10,000 pilgrims arrive in nation

The notification underscored that that the instances of residents belonging to international locations the place the virus hasn’t been managed shall be completely investigated.

Committees arrange by the Saudi authorities shall be certain to determine after inspecting the instances of travellers from these international locations, the notification added.

Learn extra: Saudi Arabia to permit Umrah from Oct 4: report

The Saudi aviation stated the implementation of coronavirus SOPs shall be ensured for the well-being of travelling passengers.

Earlier, in November, round 10,000 worldwide pilgrims had arrived in Saudi Arabia to carry out Umrah which was halted because of the rising variety of coronavirus instances within the Kingdom and worldwide.

In accordance with Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr Amr Al-Maddah, the ten,000 pilgrims arriving from overseas had first obtained a allow, Arab Information reported.

Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina undertaken any time of the yr, attracting 19 million folks final yr. Saudi Arabia had instituted a freeze on Umrah in March.

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