Around 10,000 international pilgrims are arriving in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, marking the start of the third phase in a gradual plan to resume the minor pilgrimage after suspension of around eight months.
The first flight carrying foreign pilgrims from Pakistan is scheduled to land at the King Abdulaziz Airport in the Saudi city of Jeddah at 4 pm, Saudi newspaper Okaz has reported. A second flight will arrive at 4.30 pm from Indonesia at the same airport.
“All health precautions are in place,” head of the airport Essam Fouad said, referring to measures against the spread of the new coronavirus.
As many as 20,000 Umrah pilgrims and 60,000 worshipers will be allowed to perform prayers at the Grand Mosque in Mecca from Sunday On October 4, Saudi Arabia set into motion a phased plan resuming the Umrah after suspension of about seven months prompted by the spread of COVID-19.