Saudi Arabia allows 60,000 pilgrims to perform Hajj this year: minister

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Islamabad (Web Desk): Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri said on Sunday that the Saudi Arabia government has allowed 60,000 pilgrims from across the world to perform Hajj this year.

In a statement, the minister said that 15,000 of the pilgrims will be local while the remaining 45,000 will be allowed from different parts of the world. The minister hoped that Pakistan would also get a quota in the 45,000 international pilgrims.

Qadri said that pilgrims between 18 to 60 years of age will be allowed to perform Hajj strict Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“A negative PCR test and a Covid vaccination certificate will be mandatory,” the minister said and added, “In addition to making the announcement, the Saudi government has also issued a nine-page [document] regarding precautionary measures and conditions.”

Qadri also urged those wishing to perform Hajj to continue their preparations according to the directions issued by the Saudi government.