Saudi Arabia’s health ministry mandated that only those who have been vaccinated will be able to perform Haj this year. Saudi newspaper Okaz reported earlier this week, that a circular issued by the Health Minister stated that vaccinations will be necessary to obtain a permit.
Last year, Haj was limited to only 1,000 pilgrims in an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It was also the first year Muslims from abroad were not present at the pilgrimage.
Bahraini nationals and residents planning to make the pilgrimage can sign up to get vaccinated on the BeAware app or on Healthalert.gov.