Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – The Saudi government has stated that all residents, within the kingdom can register online for hajj, including women without a mahram (male guardian).
The registration for this year’s hajj opened on Sunday (June 13) at 13.00 after the kingdom government decided to limit the number of pilgrims to Saudis and foreigners living in the kingdom, to 60,000 people in total.
The registration is open until June 23 at 20.00, with no priority for early registers. Priority is given to applicants who have never performed hajj.
The Saudi government offers three hajj packages at a cost of 16,560.50 Saudi riyals (some 4,426 U.S. dollars), 14,381.95 Saudi riyals (some 3,834 dollars), and 12,113 Saudi riyals (3,229 dollars). VAT will be added to the price of each package.
According to the Hajj and Umrah Ministry’s website, the pilgrims will be bussed to the holy sites, with 20 people per vehicle.
They will get three meals a day in Mina and two meals (breakfast and lunch) at Arafah, and dinner at Muzdalifah.
Other food and beverage services will be available, but pilgrims are not allowed to bring food with them from outside Makkah.
Applications will go through five stages. These include a prospective pilgrim reviewing and acknowledging health information and providing personal details based on their official papers.
After that, the system will verify the applicant’s eligibility for hajj based on the data provided by the National Information Center.
Once an application is received, the applicant will be given a registration number for further inquiries. After ensuring an applicant’s COVID-19 status (fully immune, immune by the first dose, or immune after recovery) a text message with the payment details will be sent out.
Applicants must pay for the selected package within three hours of registration to avoid cancellation.
The ministry said that registering for Hajj did not mean a final Hajj permit had been granted.
“A Hajj permit will only be issued after an application is found to meet all the mandatory health conditions and regulations,” it added. “The ministry has the right to reject a request at any time, in case it was found to be violating the organizing regulations.”
Before a hajj permit request can be sent, all applicants must acknowledge that they have not performed hajj in the last five years, they are not suffering from any chronic disease, and are not infected with COVID-19.
People must also acknowledge that they have not been admitted to a hospital due to chronic diseases or for dialysis treatment in the past six months, and be aged between 18 and 65.
The sorting phase of the hajj registration process starts on June 25, according to the ministry’s official twit.
On Saturday (June 12), the Saudi government announced that 60,000 pilgrims would be allowed to perform this year’s hajj, which begins mid-July.
Reporting by Indonesia Window