Saudi Arabia, Hajj, Covid-19

Saudi Arabia stop foreign travellers from Hajj due to Covid-19

Saudi Arabia has limited the number of pilgrims for Hajj this year and barred foreign travellers from coming to the country for the pilgrimage over Covid-19 fears.

Only 60,000 pilgrims will be allowed to perform the annual pilgrimage this year from citizens and residents, the Saudi Press Agency reported Saturday.

“In light of what the whole world is witnessing from the continuing developments of the coronavirus pandemic and the emergence of new mutations, Hajj registration will be limited to residents and citizens from inside the Kingdom only,” the Saudi Hajj ministry announced on Twitter.

Only people aged between 18 and 65 who have been vaccinated will be able to take part, it added.

It added that those wishing to perform Hajj must be free of any chronic diseases.

Earlier, it was expected the Saudi government may allow foreigners for Hajj and is in a process of finalising the SOPs in this regard.

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