The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced that only 60,000 pilgrims will be allowed to partake in the 2021 hajj.
The Ministry Of Health of the Saudi said the figure would include local and foreign pilgrims.
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The announcement followed uncertainty if the 2021 pilgrimage would hold after the Kingdom suspended the 2020 hajj due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The number of pilgrims was reduced in accordance with the COVID-19 protocols as the country usually hosts over two million Muslim faithful to the holy city of Mecca to perform the rites
According to the statement, “Only 60,000 Hujjaj will be scheduled to perform Hajj this year which includes local and foreign pilgrims.
“Those performing Hajj MUST be between the age of 18-60 years of Age. Those performing Hajj MUST be in a good state of health.
“Those performing Hajj MUST not have been in hospital for any illness within the past 6 months prior to travelling for Hajj. (Proof Is Required).
“The pilgrims MUST have had both doses of the vaccine with a Vaccination card provided by the individual countries Health Organisation/Hospital/Ministry. (Proof Required).”