PUTRAJAYA, January 9 – The approval process for advertising umrah packages has been suspended from January 8, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) said in a statement today.
Indeed, the date of the flight, which is a mandatory condition in the advertisement, could not be determined following the government’s decision to temporarily suspend the authorization to travel to perform the umrah from January 8, in order to curb the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin at a press conference on January 1 said the government had decided on the measure from January 8, in light of the increase in positive Covid-19 cases among pilgrims of Umrah.
The suspension followed concerns that the spread of the variant was due to failure to follow home quarantine procedures among pilgrims, which had caused the infection to spread among family members.
“Motac is working to find the best solution to mitigate the impact on umrah operators registered with the ministry, following the government’s announcement to temporarily suspend authorization to travel to perform umrah,” the statement said. .
According to Motac, he would work with the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), the Ministry of Health (MoH) and travel and travel associations to improve Umrah’s standard travel operating procedures based on current needs. for approval by the National Security Council (NSC).
On allegations that some Umrah pilgrims did not have vaccination records, Motac said the ministry and travel agencies were confident the issue would be resolved as an investigation by the health ministry .
Khairy said on January 6 that the Ministry of Health had detected that 17 of 122 people infected with the Omicron variant as of January 4 had no record of vaccination against Covid-19. – Bernama