Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that this year’s Hajj will be restricted to Saudi citizens and residents.
Only 60,000 citizens and residents living in the Kingdom will be allowed to attend this year’s Hajj pilgrimage due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced in a statement on Saturday.
“In light of the global situation and the ongoing development of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the emergence of new mutations, Hajj registration will be restricted to residents and citizens of the Kingdom,” the ministry said on Twitter.
“Muslims between the ages of 18-65 and are fully vaccinated, or those who received their first dose at least 14 days prior, who have been vaccinated and have recovered from a COVID-19 infection are allowed to register,” the ministry added.
“The Ministry of Hajj noted that the government of Saudi Arabia always prioritizes the safety, health and security of pilgrims,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
This is the second year in a row that Saudi Arabia has limited the Hajj pilgrimage to people inside the Kingdom. However, only 10,000 pilgrims were allowed to perform the Hajj last year.