HAJJ 2020: International Pilgrims Not Allowed

Scanty population at Hajj due to the covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, mecca, Hajj 2020

Saudi Arabia has suspended international visitors from making the Islamic pilgrimage, also known as Hajj this year — 2020 — due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Authorities announced in a statement that the pilgrimage, which is set to begin at the end of July, will be “very limited” in size and restricted to Saudi residents only.

“This decision is taken to ensure Hajj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective while observing all preventative measures and the necessary social distancing protocols to protect human beings from the risks associated with this pandemic and in accordance with the teachings of Islam in preserving the lives of human beings,” the statement said.

Several countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Senegal, and Singapore have already withdrawn from the 2020 hajj due to the ongoing Pandemic.

The hajj is one of Islam’s most important religious activities as well as a major source of revenue for Saudi Arabia. The annual pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca always attracts more than two million people every year, with nearly 2.5 million attendance in 2019.

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