August 11, 2022

Saudi Arabia bars foreign travellers from haj over Covid-19, Middle East News & Top Stories

DUBAI (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – Saudi Arabia has restricted the annual haj pilgrimage to citizens and residents and set a maximum of 60,000 pilgrims in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the state Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday (June 12).

Only people aged between 18 and 65 who have been vaccinated will be able to take part, the ministry that manages the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca said in a statement carried by SPA.

The haj is obligatory for all able-bodied adult Muslims once in their lifetime if they can afford it. Last year, Saudi Arabia restricted the pilgrimage to a “very limited” number of Muslims. 

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