Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat has informed that the country has no plans to call off Hajj pilgrimage 2021.
The minister said the Kingdom has started making arrangements to hold Hajj pilgrimage 2021 with strict COVID precautionary measures. “All possible steps are being taken to facilitate pilgrims,” he said.
He maintained that vaccination for COVID-19 is mandatory for people intending to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage this year.
Maulana Ashrafi said the people and leadership of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are close to each other. The Saudi government’s measures for pilgrims are laudable, he added.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s health ministry had said that only those who have been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed to perform the Hajj this year.
A circular signed by the Saudi Minister of Health Tawfiq Al Rabiah had 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.
It had also 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.