Following the Coronavirus outbreak, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah opens a registration for Hajj 2020 (1441 Hijri) through its website from July 6 to 10.
The ministry has allowed a total of 10,000 pilgrims for Hajj 1441, 70% foreign nationals who reside in the kingdom, while 30% are Saudi Arabia citizens.
According to the details, the kingdom has decided to reduce the number of hajj pilgrims this year to only 10,000 residents to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the Saudis who permitted to perform the hajj are medical and security personnel who had recovered from COVID-19. Through database of the recovered patents, they were selected because of fulfilling the health criteria to perform the hajj pilgrimage.
That is a recognition of their commendable role in taking care of the health of various segments of the society in all phases of the fight against the pandemic.
In a statement, the ministry said that the registration on the website (localhaj.haj.gov.sa) for expatriates started on Monday (July 6) and will end on Friday (July 10).
The results of Hajj nomination will be announced on Sunday (July 12), the statement read.
The selection of eligible expatriates and the performance of their pilgrimage will be strictly in line with coronavirus preventive measures.
Only those expatriates between the ages of 20 and 50 who are not suffering from any chronic diseases need to apply.
The applicants have to declare that they do not have diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, and respiratory diseases and that they are not infected with coronavirus or showing its symptoms.
They have to produce a certificate after undergoing all sort of medical tests.
The applicants must have to give a pledge through the icon on the website that they did not perform hajj earlier and that they will remain in mandatory home quarantine for 14 days before hajj as well as 14 days after the ritual.
They need to be in contact with the Ministry of Health on a daily basis through mobile applications in line with the protocols approved by the ministry.
The ministry indicated that submitting the application through the electronic path will be treated as an initial submission.
The final registration for the hajj will be considered only after the issuance of the final approval in the path after ensuring that the applicant has met all the health and regulatory standards.
The Ministry of Health has the right to cancel the approval at any time if it finds any discrepancies in the provided information.