Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has said that only those who have been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed to perform the Hajj this year.
According to the report, a circular signed by the Saudi Minister of Health Tawfiq Al Rabiah stated that those who perform the Hajj are required to be vaccinated for obtaining a permit.
The Saudi Ministry of Health also said that those who want to perform Hajj from within the kingdom should complete the course of coronavirus vaccination before Dhu al-Hijjah.
The Saudi Ministry of Health said that pilgrims coming from abroad would be required to provide certified proof of having been vaccinated approved by the World Health Organization.
The Saudi Ministry of Health also said that those working during the Hajj season would be required to have received a dose of the vaccine approved in the kingdom.
The Saudi Ministry of Health added that according to the rules set for the Hajj this year, the PCR test will have to be done a maximum of 72 hours before the arrival in the kingdom, while the pilgrims arriving in the kingdom will be quarantined for 72 hours.
On the other hand, citizens and immigrants continue to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, and so far more than 885,411 people have been vaccinated.
Last year, the Saudi government selected only 10,000 pilgrims for the Hajj due to the global pandemic of coronavirus, and all of them were Saudi residents.