Saudia Bars Foreigners For Hajj By Allowing 60,000 Vaccinated Residents

Hajj 2021

Saudi Arabia will allow 60,000 citizens who have been vaccinated against Covid to do the hajj this year, but Muslims from other countries will be excluded for the second year in a row.

The Hajj, which all able-bodied Muslims must perform at least once in their lifetime, frequently packs millions of pilgrims into packed religious sites and might be a major source of infection during the coronavirus outbreak.

The hajj ministry declared, as quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency, that it will be “open for nationals and residents of the country, limited to 60,000 pilgrims” this year.

The pilgrimage, which is set to take place in July, will be limited to people who have been vaccinated and are between the ages of 18 and 65, with no chronic conditions, according to the announcement.

Hajj Application Mode:

Those seeking to perform the hajj must apply online, according to Saudi Arabia, which did not indicate how many foreign citizens would be among the 60,000 pilgrims. In 2020, the number of hajj pilgrims were
▪️ 70% pilgrims – Foreigners
▪️ 30% pilgrims – Saudis

Vaccination Campaign:

Riyadh is speeding up a statewide vaccination campaign as part of its “Vision 2030” plan to diversify its oil-dependent economy by reviving tourism and hosting sports and entertainment events, both of which have been impacted by pandemic. The approved authorized vaccines include:
▪️ PfizerBioNTech
▪️ Moderna
▪️ Johnson & Johnson
▪️ AstraZeneca

Health Precautions:

Only a few thousand Muslims participated in the hajj in July of last year, compared to 2.5 million who participated in the hajj previous to the pandemic in 2019.

“In light of what the entire world is witnessing with the coronavirus pandemic… and the introduction of new varieties,” the health ministry said, “relevant authorities have continued to monitor the global health situation.”

“Because of the large masses that attend the hajj, spending extended periods in various and specialized areas… requires the utmost health precautions.”

Later, Abdulfattah bin Sulaiman Mashat, country’s deputy hajj minister, said at a press conference: “The monarchy was concerned about the pilgrims’ health and the safety of their countries, therefore arrangements were made.”

Written by Maham Bashir