Saudi Arabia on Saturday announced that only residents of the country will be eligible to perform this year’s Hajj over fears of COVID-19, the second time since last year when the global pandemic broke.
This was announced in a statement on Saturday by the Saudi authorities saying that only citizens within the kingdom will observe this year’s Hajj.
The statement reads: “In the light of what the world is witnessing with the continuing developments of the pandemic Covid-19, and the emergence of new variations, Hajj 1442 will be limited to the residents and citizens from within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ONLY – (60,000).
“The Total Number of pilgrims this year is limited to ONLY 60,000 people, for residents of all nationalities and citizens inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“The health status of those wishing to register for Hajj 1442 must be from the following categories: a vaccinated person, a vaccinated person who has completed one dose and spent 14 days, or a vaccinated person recovering from the infection.”