Saudi Arabian authorities have issued guidelines for Muslims that are planning to perform this year’s 2021 hajj, with a provision that all the external pilgrims should obtain two doses of WHO-approved vaccine for COVID-19. They also pegged the age of intending pilgrims to 60.
According to the country’s Ministry of Health, intending pilgrims will be required to receive the second dose of the vaccine before arriving in the Kingdom, at least one week before Hajj.
The ministry said that the intending pilgrims will also need to obtain a certified and negative test of the COVID-19 PCR test, 72 hours before their arrival in the Kingdom.
The Ministry made it clear that it would require all pilgrims to be subjected to a 72 hours of Mandatory Quarantine, which would end only after a negative PCR test.
On the Hajj 1442 Health Control Plan, the Ministry said that there would be need for all pilgrims and workers to wear tags and to ensure that approved housing and mobility of at least one and a half meters between one and the other, “as well as scheduling the flow of pilgrims into groups, so that only 100 pilgrims per group would be limited to the duration of the various rituals of Hajj
“The Ministry has also directed to exclude the most vulnerable groups from pilgrimage and limiting age groups to only 18 to 60 years old.”