After two years of severe COVID restrictions, Saudi Arabia will allow
up to 1 million pilgrims to join this year’s Hajj pilgrimage, according to state media.
This year, the Hajj and Umrah Ministry issued a requirement for pilgrims to Mecca.
According to the SPA news agency, the pilgrims must be under 65 years old and properly
inoculated against Coronavirus. Furthermore, foreign participants will be permitted
to attend the event if they submit the results of a current COVID PCR test.
It was stated that the event would adhere to health measures.
Last year, the king cut the number of domestic Haj participants from 2.5 million
to 60,000, one of Islam’s five pillars. In comparison, 2.5 million people died before the outbreak.
According to government figures, pilgrimages to Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina for the
week-long Hajj and the less.