Egypt expects significant increase in cost of Umrah

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Egyptian tourism companies working in “Hajj and Umrah” are awaiting the issuance of a decision by the Saudi authorities to include Egypt in the list of countries allowed to perform Umrah for those coming from outside the Kingdom.


Alaa Al-Ghamry, a former member of the Chamber of Tourism Companies, expected that the prices of Umrah trips for the new season would increase from previous years by between 50 to 60%, as a result of the increase in prices in general in terms of transportation, housing and travel, and the analysis of Corona, provided that the price of the lowest #Umrah program ranges between 18 And 20 thousand pounds inclusive of travel tickets.


Al-Ghamry confirmed to Masrawy that the Egyptian side is fully awaiting the Saudi instructions and controls, although the general controls for the season were disclosed by the Kingdom, but there are other controls that have not been announced, including documentation procedures, contracts, dealing with agents, and the platforms through which reservations will be made. .

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He explained that all things are promising for the opening of the Umrah season, and the return of pilgrims to the Holy Land again, after the number of injuries and deaths decreased significantly, provided that there will be a gradual return to Umrah during the coming period, and the vision will become completely clear during the month of August.

On his expectations of a quota for Umrah, Al-Ghamry said that the numbers will, of course, be limited during the new season, knowing that it has not yet been clear, but the general form refers to the legalization of the numbers and their identification of countries, continuing: “We have to wait until things become fully clear, from the Egyptian and Saudi sides in Very soon, in terms of the value of the numbers, the controls for Umrah, the mechanism of operation, and the timing of travel.”


He advised those wishing to perform Umrah to be fully prepared and to register for the coronavirus vaccinations so that it would be ready at the start of the Umrah season, pointing out that tourism companies have so far not announced Umrah or all the money from citizens to perform Umrah.


The procedures for applying for #Umrah include obtaining health certificates from certain centers to be determined by the Kingdom later, in addition to exceeding the age of the pilgrim 18 years old, as the application for Umrah will be electronically through tourism companies, in addition to the conditions for Umrah include that the number of Umrah pilgrims in one room in hotels is a maximum of two individuals. In addition to reducing the occupancy rate of transport buses to 50%, in addition to providing health insurance for pilgrims in the Kingdom.


For his part, Yasser Sultan, a former member of the Supreme Committee for Hajj and Umrah, expected an increase in the prices of Umrah programs for the new season if Umrah trips from Egypt were opened, saying: “The economic program will not be less than 22 thousand pounds, including airline tickets.”


Sultan explained to Masrawy, that Saudi procedures and controls will maintain social distancing, whether in places of residence or transportation, or imposing medical insurance on travelers, and increasing the price of airline tickets and services, which leads to an increase in program prices.


He pointed out that the Umrah regulations recently issued by Saudi Arabia will raise the prices of the programs this year, especially with the requirement that only two people be accommodated in the hotel room, as well as an increase in the prices of airline tickets.


Nasser Turk, a member of the Supreme Committee for Hajj and Umrah, revealed in a previous statement to Masrawy, that the decision to operate Umrah trips from Egypt to the Holy Land is subject to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s announcement of the rules and regulations for Umrah, and the number of pilgrims for each country, along with the countries that allow them to travel to perform the rituals. In addition to the opening of flights between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, it is expected that the prices of Umrah will rise above 20 thousand pounds due to the new conditions adopted by Saudi Arabia.


The #Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah issued the regulations governing the #Umrah season for this year, noting that determining the countries from which pilgrims will be received and their numbers will be according to the classification of preventive measures and requirements approved by the competent authorities in the Kingdom, which are updated periodically.


It stipulated the completion of receiving doses of the Corona virus vaccines approved in the Kingdom, for those wishing to perform Umrah, and attaching the certificate of immunization certified by the official authorities in the country of the pilgrim.


The controls and requirements for the accommodation of pilgrims in hotels in the Kingdom were set, so that the number of individuals does not exceed two per room, with the application of social distancing of at least one and a half meters between beds, and the allocation of 10% of the rooms to isolate any direct suspected case.

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