Jakarta: Minister of Religious Affairs Fachrul Razi has issued Decree Number 719 of 2020 on Guidelines for Organizing Umrah during covid-19 Pandemic.

“The regulation for organizing Umrah during the pandemic is ready. The policy has been discussed with Commission VIII. In accordance with the directive of Minister of Religious Affairs Fachrul Razi, the regulation has been discussed with related parties, including the Umrah Pilgrimage Trip Provider (PPIU), as well as related ministries and institutions, including Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transportation, and airlines,” said Acting Director-General of Hajj and Umrah Oman Fathurahman in a written statement on Monday.

According to Oman, the Decree provides guidelines for organizing Umrah during the pandemic. The spirit of the regulation is to protect Umrah pilgrims according to the mandate of Law Number 8 of 2019 on the Implementation of Hajj and Umrah.

In addition, the Decree complies with all provisions regulated by Saudi Arabia. There are also additional provisions based on advice from various ministries, especially the Ministry of Health.

The decree stipulates several requirements for pilgrims. First, being 18 to 50-year-old in accordance with the provisions of the Government of Saudi Arabia. Second, having no comorbidities. Third, signing a statement for not proceeding lawsuit against other parties for the risks arising from covid-19. Fourth, providing evidence of covid-19 free (original PCR/SWAB test results issued by a hospital or laboratory that has been verified by Ministry of Health and is valid for 72 hours from sampling until the time of departure or according to the provisions of the Government of Saudi Arabia).

“If the pilgrims cannot fulfil the requirement for providing covid-19 free evidence, their departure will be postponed until the requirement is met,” Oman said.