Authorities in Saudi Arabia have decided to allow 60,000 pilgrims of vaccinated citizens and residents who are already in the Kingdom to do this year’s Hajj.
In a statement on Saturday, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said that in light of the continuation of the coronavirus pandemic and the risks of infections spreading in crowded spaces and large gatherings, it has been decided that Hajj for this year (1442 H/ 2021 AD) will be held whereby a limited number of pilgrims from various nationalities who already reside in Saudi Arabia, would be able to perform it.
The ministry stressed that those wishing to perform Hajj must be free of any chronic diseases, and also within the ages from 18 to 65 years for those vaccinated against the virus with one dose or two doses or recovered from the infection.
“The government of Saudi Arabia always prioritizes the safety, health and security of pilgrims, and was honored to serve more than 150 million pilgrims in the last ten years,” the ministry said.
“It was decided to limit the availability of registration for those wishing to perform the Hajj through an electronic path in order to ensure that the rituals are performed in good health, security and safety, while adhering to regulatory controls, health standards and security requirements,” the ministry added.