2021 Hajj: What Intending Pilgrims Must Know

The Saudi Arabia government on Monday announced that only people immunised against COVID-19 will be allowed to perform the year-round Umrah pilgrimage, starting from the holy month of Ramadan.


In a statement released on Monday, the ministry of Hajj and Umrah said only “immunised people” will be granted permission to perform Umrah as well as pray in the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca.

The statement said those who will be granted permits include people who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine; those who have received one dose of the vaccine for at least 14 days before performing the pilgrimage, and those who have recovered from the infection.

Last year, intending Pilgrims could not make the journey to the kingdom to perform one of the 5 pillars of Islam due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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