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Haj 2021: Pilgrims must be vaccinated against Covid

Filed on March 2, 2021 | Last updated on March 2, 2021 at 11.02 pm
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The government says it will consider Covid vaccination as "the main condition for participation" in the pilgrimage.

The Saudi Ministry of Health has announced that the faithful who want to perform the annual Haj pilgrimage this year will need to prove that they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19.

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The government says it will consider coronavirus vaccination as “the main condition for participation” in the pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah.

The statement did not specify whether the Haj, which traditionally draws some 2 million pilgrims from across the world, would again exclude pilgrims from outside the Kingdom to prevent the contagion.

Last year, Saudi officials permitted a very limited number of pilgrims already within the country to perform the Haj amid the surging pandemic.

The five-day pilgrimage starts this year at the end of July.

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