The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that Hajj permits will only be issued to those who have received all necessary vaccines. The mandatory vaccines are part of the Ministry’s efforts to ensure the safety of pilgrims amid the ongoing pandemic.
According to the Ministry, the application process for the Hajj permit will begin on May 5, which is Shawwal 15 in the Islamic calendar. This year’s deadline for domestic pilgrims to pay the third and final installment of their Hajj reservation is set for the 10th of Shawwal, which is expected to be on July 9.For those who have not performed the Hajj rituals in the past five years or more, registration for the Hajj 1444 began on April 3. The Ministry has provided two methods for submitting applications: through the Nusuk app or the Ministry’s official website.
First-time pilgrims have until June 25, which is Dhu Al Hijjah 7, to apply for this year’s Hajj. The Ministry has advised applicants to complete the registration process as early as possible to avoid any delays or issues.The Ministry’s announcement comes as countries around the world continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hajj pilgrimage, which typically draws millions of Muslims from all over the world, was significantly scaled back in 2020 due to the pandemic.In addition to vaccination requirements, the Ministry has also implemented various health and safety measures, including reducing the number of pilgrims allowed to perform the Hajj and enforcing social distancing guidelines.Overall, the Ministry is taking all necessary precautions to ensure a safe and successful Hajj pilgrimage this year. Pilgrims are encouraged to comply with all regulations and guidelines to help prevent the spread of the virus and ensure a smooth and memorable Hajj experience.