Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia opens a registration for Hajj 1441 Hijri through its website from July 6 to 10 2020, according to the Saudi Gazette.
Of the total 10,000 pilgrims allowed this year, 70 percent are opened for foreign nationals who reside in the kingdom, while 30 percent are Saudi Arabia citizens.
The kingdom has decided to reduce the number of hajj pilgrims this year to only 10,000 residents due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.
Having good health conditions shall be among the main criteria for prospective pilgrims to carry out the worship this year.
Among the Saudis who permitted to perform the hajj are medical and security personnel who had recovered from COVID-19. They were selected from database of the recovered persons who have fulfilled the health criteria to perform the hajj rituals.
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, the Saudi Press Agency reported quoting the ministry sources.
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) and that the results of Hajj nomination will be announced on Sunday (July 12).
The selection of eligible expatriates and the performance of their pilgrimage will be strictly in line with coronavirus preventive protocols.
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 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) medical test.
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 result of the application will be sent to applicants through a text message on mobile phone numbers mentioned in the application.
The ministry also stated that the application will be deemed cancelled in an event of non-compliance with health or regulatory requirements.
The Ministry of Health has the right to cancel the approval at any time if it finds any discrepancies in the provided information.
Reporting by Indonesia Window