More than 7 million people have been infected with Coronavirus with over half a million died from it worldwide. Keeping in the fact that the virus is contagious in nature and spreads through transmission of fluid and physical touch, gatherings have been restricted from the time it was announced as pandemic by WHO.
However, after few months of continuous lockdown and curfew many countries are able to restrict the transmission of virus. Saudi Arabia has recently lifted the curfew lockdown after 3 months. However, Umrah and Hajj are the biggest tourist events for Saudi government. Umrah was banned recently however, speculations regarding Hajj were made.
The government tried their best to keep hopes high for people that Hajj will not be cancelled this year but the recent statement suggests some modifications in this regard. What is it about? Read in the article below.
Hajj will be Restricted this year to Citizens and Saudi Expats
In view of the new corona virus epidemic in more than 180 countries of the world, a limited number of citizens from different countries will be given the opportunity to perform Hajj. However, it has been made clear that those different citizens will be residents of Saudi Arabia. Read more: Procedure Involved to apply online local Hajj 2020 from Saudi Arabia
Guidelines Issued for Hajj 2020 by the Ministry of Hajj
Expected Cost of Local Hajj 2020
The details of cost for the local Hajj 2020 will be shared once the Ministry announces details of prices for local Hajj 2020. We will update here. However, keep in mind that this year it is expected to go higher than last year, the main reason of higher cost would be VAT which would be 15% from July 01, 2020.
What did the Ministry prayed for the Humans of the world?
The Ministry concluded his statement with a prayer that,
We ask Allah the Almighty to protect all countries from this pandemic and keep all humans protected and safe.
Indeed, the steps are just a part of precautionary measures taken by the government against the pandemic for the safety of its citizens and the people across the world. May Allah protect us all and things may resettle to normal situation so we all can enjoy the festivity of Umrah and Hajj. Till then, stay tuned with us for further information and stay safe.