Saudi Arabia to Welcome One Million Pilgrims for Hajj 2022

In 2022, Saudi Arabia will allow one million pilgrims from the kingdom and abroad to perform Hajj.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced the decision to broaden the Hajj for pilgrims after Covid-19-related restrictions were lifted.

The kingdom has reduced the number of pilgrims in the last two years in order to combat the spread of novel coronaviruses. Nearly 59,000 pilgrims were permitted to perform Hajj last year.

The Ministry stated that its decision was based on the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ profound concern for pilgrims’ safety and the well-being of those visiting Masjid al-Haram and The Prophet’s Mosque.

“Saudi Arabia is also aiming to protect the milestones it achieved in the healthcare sector while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the official statement.

According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, pilgrims must be less than 65 years old according to the Gregorian calendar and have received full immunization with the basic doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

“Those attending Hajj from outside Saudi Arabia must submit a negative PCR test for COVID-19 using a sample taken within 72 hours before departure to Saudi Arabia,” the ministry stated.

To ensure their health and well-being, pilgrims must adhere to preventive measures and follow precautionary instructions while performing Hajj duties, according to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

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