Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Tawfiq Al-Rabiah announced on Sunday that the ministry extends the one-month visas issued for Umrah to three months for all pilgrims.
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The announcement comes less than a week after Saudi Arabia said a new platform “nusuk.sa” would serve as the main gateway visiting the holy cities.
"Nusuk.sa" enables those wishing to perform the Umrah or visit to issue the necessary visas and permits, and book packages and programs electronically.
A range of other services will be provided at a later stage, including interactive maps, a calendar dedicated to offers and activities, a digital guide for all instructions in several languages, and health information.
Umrah pilgrimage resumed on the first day of the lunar Hijri month of Muharram, which fell on July 30.
Umrah is a pilgrimage to Mecca which Muslims can traditionally take at any time of the year, unlike Hajj pilgrimage that can be performed only in the first days of the lunar Hijri month of Dhul Hajja.
This year, some one million pilgrims from different countries took part in the Hajj pilgrimage.
The Hajj season began on July 1, marking the first post-pandemic pilgrimage season after two years of major disruption caused by COVID-19.