Saudi Arabia Just Announced That Haj Will Go Forward This Year

Saudi Arabia’s Haj and Umrah Ministry announced that the pilgrimage will take place this year while following health and safety requirements to help top the spread of the pandemic.

A Hajj spokesman said to the National that:

overseas pilgrims will be welcomed this year to perform Hajj, but we will announce details and regulations later

The National

In March, Saudi Arabia’s health ministry mandated that only those who have been vaccinated will be able to perform Haj this year. According to Saudi newspaper Okaz, 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.

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