Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — The Hajj and Umrah Ministry of Saudi Arabia announced that only those residing in the country would be allowed to participate in Hajj this year.
The ministry stated that the Hajj will take place but with a limited amount of pilgrims from all nationalities residing in Saudi Arabia only, who are willing to perform Hajj.
“This decision is taken to ensure Hajj is safely performed while committing to all preventive measures to protect muslims and adhere stricly to the teachings of Islam in preserving our health and safety”, read the statement.
With this announcement, it has been prohibited for people from other countries to enter Saudi to perform Hajj this year. This is the first time to perform Hajj in such a way.
Before Saudi had announced this statement, some of the countries were already against sending the citizens of their country on Hajj pilgrimage this year.
While the fear for Covid-19 in certain districts of Saudi has increased, the country has confirmed over 1 lakh cases for Covid-19. At present, more than 1000 people have passed away from the virus in Saudi, over 4000 people have recovered from it.