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Saudi Arabia abolishes vaccination requirement for Umrah performers

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JEDDAH, Feb 7: The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that travelers arriving in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah (minor pilgrimage) are no longer required to show a proof of vaccination against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In a press statement on Monday, the ministry said that those seeking to perform Umrah, regardless for their vaccination status, have to submit, upon arrival, only a negative PCR or rapid antigens test of a sample taken within 48 hours of the date of departure to the Kingdom. It stated that the decision will go into effect starting at 1:00 am Wednesday, February 9. (KUNA)

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