Hajj1443 – Pilgrims must show negative PCR tests before departing

The Grand Mosque in Makkah during the 1443 Hijri/2021 hajj season. (Reasahalharmain/Instagram)

Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has issued a new circular to all airlines operating to Saudi Arabian airports, including chartered airlines, regarding the health requirements that should be met by hajj pilgrims.

The circular stipulates that all airlines carrying passengers arriving in Saudi Arabia to perform hajj this year to commit to a number of guidelines, which are passengers should be less than 65 years old, have completed immunization with basic doses of COVID-19 vaccines accredited by the Saudi Ministry of Health, and to submit a negative PCR test for COVID-19 for a sample that was taken within 72 hours prior to departure to the Kingdom.

The authority stressed that failure to adhere to its circulars is considered a clear violation of government orders.

Legal actions shall be taken against violators who will also be held accountable for the consequences of their violations.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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