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Saudi Arabia Says to Limit Hajj Pilgrimage This Year to 60,000 Citizens, Residents

Saudi Arabia Says to Limit Hajj Pilgrimage This Year to 60,000 Citizens, Residents

Saturday, 12 June, 2021 - 15:45
FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, pilgrims walk around the Kaabah at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP, File)

Saudi Arabia said it will limit registration for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage to citizens and residents of the Kingdom due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced Saturday that a total of 60,000 pilgrims will be allowed to perform the pilgrimage this year.


Per the decision, those who are between the ages of 18-65 and are fully vaccinated, have received their first dose at least 14 days prior, or those who are vaccinated and have recovered from a COVID-19 infection are allowed to register.


The decision is “based on the Kingdom’s constant keenness to enable the guests and visitors at the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque to perform the rituals of Hajj and Umrah,” the ministry stated.


“The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah confirms that the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia always prioritizes the safety, health and security of pilgrims,” it added.


Notably, the Hajj pilgrimage this year is expected to begin mid-July.


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