“…Hajj 1442 will be limited to the residents and citizens from within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ONLY ”
The government of Saudi Arabia has declared that only those residing in the country will be allowed to perform the 2021 hajj due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Saudi Arabia government had in 2020 made a similar announcement and allowed only residents in the country to perform the hajj exercise due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Arabian Kingdom as of Saturday, June 12, has recorded 463,703 COVID-19 infections with 7,537 deaths and 10,112 active cases, according to data collected from worldometres.
Following the wide spread of the COVID-19 infections, the Saudi government says this year’s exercise will be restricted to only residents.
“In the light of what the world is witnessing with the continuing developments of the pandemic Covid-19, and the emergence of new variations, Hajj 1442 will be limited to the residents and citizens from within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ONLY ” the statement reads.
According to the statement, only 60,000 residents of the kingdom will be allowed to observe the Haji.
Residents who wish to register for the Islamic pilgrimage must be vaccinated against COVID-19, at least one dose of the vaccine.