Over 450,000 in Saudi Arabia apply for Haj 2021

Around 60% of applicants are males and the rest females

  
Muslim pilgrims wearing face masks and keeping social distance perform Tawaf around Kaaba during the annual Haj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslim pilgrims wearing face masks and keeping social distance perform Tawaf around Kaaba during the annual Haj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

More than 450,000 people have registered for the upcoming Haj, according to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Haj and Umrah.

Around 60 per cent of applicants are males and the rest females.

The Kingdom has limited this year’s Haj to its citizens and residents only due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It has set a maximum limit of 60,000 participants this year.

Only people aged between 18 and 65 who have been vaccinated or immunised from the virus, and are free of chronic diseases, will be able to take part.

Three Haj packages have been announced by the ministry. The first category costs 12,113 riyals; the second is priced at 14,381 riyals and the third — and most expensive — costs 16,560 riyals before taxes.

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