Global umrah: adjusting to the new normal

Earlier last month, Saudi Arabia launched a plan for gradual resumption of the Umrah after suspension of around seven months due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Saudi Press Agency is reporting that nearly 2 million pilgrims have now registered to perform Umrah in Saudi Arabia via a smartphone app in one month.

Countries are subject to continuous evaluation by the Saudi Center for Disease prevention and Control and the Health Ministry as part of the government’s approved standards and protocols.

What does this mean for South Africa? This evening, we discuss all the in’s and out’s of the new umrah regulations.

In-studio, we have Sedick Steenkamp, chairperson of the recently merged South African Muslim Travel Operators Association