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Hajj is considered to be one of the most major and important Islamic events in the Religion of Islam. About a million people travel to Saudi Arabia’s holy city Mecca in order to perform their pilgrimage every year. As it is performed in the holy month of Zil Hajj according to the Islamic calendar the month is coming near. Here, are some of the latest updates and rules regarding the Hajj season 2023.
According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah following are some of the updates that a pilgrim should be aware of it which are mentioned below:
- It is obligatory that the pilgrims should complete all of the required vaccinations before performing the pilgrimage at least 10 days before starting their pilgrimage.
- Al of the Hajj fee payment should be paid before the deadline date of 30 April because the final installment obtained about 40 percent of the total fee of Hajj (this update is especially highlighted for the domestic pilgrims).
- Those pilgrims who have never performed Hajj have a date extension for applying to Hajj until the date of 25 June 2023. However, those pilgrims that performed Hajj 5 years before will have to apply for Hajj until the date of 3 April 2023 through the Nusuk App and the Ministry’s official website.
- The age limit of any pilgrim for Hajj season 2023 should be above the age of 12 and the pilgrim should be vaccinated and must have a negative PCR test that should be taken not more than 72 hours before its arrival to the Saudi Kingdom.
- No quarantine would be essential for the foreign pilgrims who are fully vaccinated this year. However, the travelers that came on visit visas that include pilgrims should obtain their medical insurance if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 during their stay.
- Pilgrims don’t require a permission permit this year in order to worship at the Grand Masjid in the holy city of Madinah. However, pilgrims should have the Hajj permit which is obtained through the Abshir App.
- The instructions for Hajj photography and videography have been updated by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah according to the security of the holy places in Mecca and Madinah.
- The pilgrims have to wear face masks in the Mecca and Madinah holy places and during public events and transportation.
- The domestic pilgrim in any circumstances he/she failed to pay its second installment fee for Hajj in that case their Hajj reservations will be cancelled and they have to apply again through Ministry Official website