KABUL (BNA) Saudi Arabia announced allowing one million Hajj both domestic and worldwide for Muslims to perform Haj this year, significantly expanding the main event to participants from outside the kingdom after two years of fitted COVID19 boundaries, state media said on Saturday.
This year the Pilgrims to Mecca t must be under age 65 and fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the ministry of Hajj and Umrah said in a statement carried in his Tweeter page.
Those coming from outside Saudi Arabia will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours of travel.
The government wants to ensure pilgrims’ safety “while ensuring that the maximum number of Muslims worldwide can perform the Hajj”, the statement said.
The Hajj consists of a series of religious rites that are completed over five days in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, and surrounding areas of western Saudi Arabia.