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First wave of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia after 2-year hiatus

Saudi Arabia welcomed the first wave of pilgrims to conduct the Hajj this year, in line with all preventative steps that were taken by the kingdom. 

According to the Saudi Al-Ekhbariya channel’s website, the first Indonesian pilgrims landed Saturday at Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah. 

According to Saudi media, Muhammad Al-Bijawi, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for Visit Affairs, said, “After a two-year hiatus due to Corona, we are happy to welcome the first pioneers of pilgrims this year.” 

Saudi Arabia declared on the 9th of last month that the number of pilgrims will be increased to one million this year, while enabling individuals from outside the Kingdom to do Hajj according to the quotas allotted to nations, taking into consideration health advice. 

The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation issued a circular regarding the health requirements that must be met by travelers arriving for the Hajj rites, stating that the traveler must be under the age of 65 Gregorian years, that the immunization must be completed with the basic doses of (Covid-19) vaccines approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health, and that a negative test result (PCR) for the Corona virus (Covid-19) for a sample tainted with the virus must be available. 

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