Saudi Arabia to arrange Hajj this 12 months with no restrict on the variety of pilgrims (minister)

Saudi Arabia to arrange Hajj this 12 months with no restrict on the variety of pilgrims (minister)

Saudi Arabia to arrange Hajj this 12 months with no restrict on the variety of pilgrims (minister)

Pilgrims at Arafat on July 8, 2022
Pilgrims at Arafat on July 8, 2022 © Christina ASSI/AFP/AFP

Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia introduced on Monday that this 12 months it’ll enable Muslims to carry out the Hajj with out restrictions on the variety of pilgrims and their age, after three years of considerably decreasing the variety of pilgrims as a result of outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic had decreased.

“The variety of pilgrims will return to pre-pandemic ranges with out age restrictions,” Al-Ekhbariya TV reported, citing Saudi Hajj and Umrah Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, who was introduced at a press convention in Riyadh.

The outbreak of the Corona virus in 2020 compelled the Gulf Kingdom to cut back the variety of pilgrims and solely enable individuals below the age of 65 to carry out them.

The Hajj is taken into account one of many largest spiritual gatherings on this planet and the variety of pilgrims in 2019 reached about 2.5 million pilgrims.

Nevertheless, after the Corona virus outbreak in 2020, Saudi Arabia solely allowed a thousand individuals to carry out the spiritual rituals earlier than elevating the quantity to 60,000 totally vaccinated individuals in 2021, chosen by lottery. And the quantity was elevated to 1 million Muslims, together with 850,000 from outdoors the dominion, additionally chosen by lot.

Saudi authorities required that every one pilgrims arriving from overseas have acquired their full vaccination and have a unfavourable results of the corona virus take a look at.

Saudi Arabia has lifted a lot of the restrictions associated to the Covid pandemic, significantly the requirement to acquire vaccines for journey there.


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