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Pilgrims allowed free movement in Saudi Arabia

Royal decree to be issued which will allow travel outside Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah

Pilgrims allowed free movement in Saudi Arabia
With this decision, pilgrims, who were restricted to Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah, will now be able to visit other cities soon.

Saudi Arabia has relaxed rules for those coming to the Kingdom to perform Umrah and Ziyarah of the Prophet’s Mosque from movement outside Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah.

The decision was made by the Council of Ministers, presided over by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at Al-Salam Palace.

A royal decree has been prepared which will allow pilgrims to visit other cities.

The Council of Ministers, presided over by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at Al-Salam Palace here on Tuesday, decided to exempt those who have come to the Kingdom to perform Umrah and Ziyarah (visit) of the Prophet’s Mosque from the rule forbidding them from movement outside Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah.

A royal decree has been prepared to this effect. With this decision, pilgrims, who were restricted to the three cities, will now be able to visit other cities soon.

In a statement following the Cabinet meeting, Minister of State, Cabinet member and Acting Minister of Media Dr. Issam Bin Saad Bin Said disclosed to the Council that this year nearly eight million Muslims performed Umrah rites, according to a report in the Saudi Gazette. The Kingdom is also expected to receive some two million pilgrims from all over the world this year for this year’s Haj.

As of Monday this week, the number of people visiting to perform Hajj this year, reached 339,328.

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