Riyadh — Foreign pilgrims will get a significant chunk of 85 percent of the one million pilgrims allowed to perform Hajj this year. Domestic pilgrims will constitute only 15 percent of the total pilgrims. The Al-Arabiya channel reported quoting well-informed sources.
According to the sources, domestic pilgrims will not exceed 150,000, while the non-Saudi pilgrims from outside the Kingdom will reach 850,000.
The decision provides maximum opportunity for faithful from around the world to perform Hajj after considering that foreign pilgrims were not allowed to perform Hajj during the last two years of 2020 and 2021 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Only a limited number of domestic pilgrims was allowed to perform Hajj during the last two years.
The Hajj and Umrah Ministry had recently announced that a million domestic and foreign pilgrims would be allowed to perform Hajj this year. Each country will be allocated a quota after considering the health authorities’ recommendations.
The ministry has stated that this year’s Hajj is open to only those under 65 years of age. And have received COVID-19 vaccinations approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health.
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Foreign pilgrims must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result performed within 72 hours of departure to the Kingdom.
The ministry has instructed that all pilgrims follow the health instructions and observe all precautionary measures while performing Hajj rituals.