Saudi Arab- Saudi Arabia has announced that pilgrims can now obtain permits to perform Umrah during Ramadan via the Nusuk app.
According to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the platform will assist domestic and international pilgrims in finding available dates to perform Umrah based on the capacity of Makkah’s Grand Mosque.
Pilgrims from other countries must have a valid visa to be eligible for a permit, according to the ministry.
Saudi residents who do not have Covid-19 can also obtain permits through the Tawakkalna app.
To avoid overcrowding, the ministry urged all who wish to perform Umrah during Ramadan to obtain the necessary permits and adhere to the specified dates.
During Ramadan, pilgrims are only permitted to perform the ritual once.
In connected news, Saudi Arabia revealed on Thursday that residents of the GCC can now apply for tourist visas more quickly.
With the streamlined application procedure, they are able to “explore the different regions of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and perform Umrah rituals,” according to the government’s Visit Saudi website.
The official Saudi Press Agency said the move is part of “the Ministry of Tourism’s efforts to provide a chance for residents in the GCC states to visit tourist locations, engage in tourism and entertainment events, and experience the heritage and historical sites of the kingdom”.
The visa costs $80, and after application acceptance, the travel document is delivered to the applicant’s email.