Hajj is the fifth (5th) pillar of Islam. It is mandatory for Muslims who can physically and financially afford it to perform Hajj at least once in their lifetime. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, a limited Hajj was performed last year.
Although, this year, the Ministry of Health has made it a condition of the approved corona vaccine for those who will be performing Hajj in 2021 from within the Kingdom and abroad. According to the condition, the pilgrims must be vaccinated before Dhu al-Hijjah. To know further, keep reading.
Completion of the Course of Corona Vaccine
According to the sources, this year Hajj 1442 AH according to the rules set by the Ministry of Health for 2021, those who want to go for Hajj in 2021 from within the country should complete their course of corona vaccination before Dhu al-Hijjah. However, before Dhu al-Hijjah, up to 60% of the population in Makkah and Madinah (from 18-60 years old) will be vaccinated.
What are the Conditions for the Pilgrims from Abroad?
It is believed but not confirmed that the pilgrims coming from abroad will also be required to provide certified proof of having been vaccinated with the corona vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) in which it has been explained that the course of corona vaccine was completed less than 2 weeks ago before the arrival in the country. Read more: A Story of 72 Years Old Man Who Saved Money to do Hajj This Year
Conditions for the Workers Working During the Hajj Season
The regulations further state that those working during the Hajj season must also have received a dose of the state-approved corona vaccine. Those working during the Hajj season will be required to wear masks permanently.
PCR Test for those Coming from Abroad
According to the rules set for Hajj 2021 (Hajj 1442 H), a PCR test will have to be conducted at most 72 hours before coming to the country. The Hajj pilgrims will be quarantined after they arrive in the country for 72 hours, after 48 hours the designated and approved field service teams will re-test the pilgrims for corona.
What Precautionary Measures will be taken?
Hajj pilgrims will be evacuated from their residences under the prescribed program and precautionary measures, which will include the principle of social distance and observance of masks. Pilgrims must keep a distance of one to one and a half meters between their residences and accommodation. Different groups of pilgrims will be formed to control the crowd. Each group will not exceed 100 people.
According to the Ministry of Health, the teams of the Ministry are in touch with all the concerned agencies to ensure the implementation of the prescribed regulations. Hajj this year will be performed with all the precautionary measures and with vaccinated pilgrims. For further information, stay tuned to Saudi expat news. Stay safe.