Saudi Arabia has announced quotas for pilgrims from all countries for the Hajj in 2022.
Indonesia has the highest quota of 100,051 pilgrims approved by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, followed by Pakistan with 81,132.
With 79,237 pilgrims, India has the third-highest quota, while 57,585 Muslims from Bangladesh will travel to the kingdom for Hajj.
Egypt has a quota of 35,375 pilgrims, Nigeria has a quota of 43,008, Turkey has a quota of 37,770, the United States has a quota of 9504, Russia has a quota of 11318, and China has a quota of 9190. Ukraine has a quota of 91.
Angola, an African country, has the smallest quota of 23 pilgrims.
Overseas pilgrims account for 85 percent of the one million pilgrims welcomed by the Kingdom this year. It has been stated that 150,000 domestic pilgrims will be permitted 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.
As per 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 safety, pilgrims must adhere to preventive measures and follow precautionary instructions while performing Hajj duties, according to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.