Covid test, age restriction seemingly for haj pilgrimage

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The Haj pilgrimage scheduled for 2021 shall be carried out as per the latest directions framed by the govt of Saudi Arabia in view of Covid-19 pandemic, Union ministry of minority affairs stated Saturday.

As a part of the latest directions, an age restriction on the pilgrims is probably going, the ministry stated.

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Online registration for the pilgrimage started on Saturday and is about to shut on December 10, minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi stated.

The pilgrimage was suspended this yr because of the ongoing pandemic.

“The applicants can apply online, off-line or through Haj mobile application as well. In view of the coronavirus pandemic, we are making it mandatory for all the pilgrims to submit their COVID-19 negative report of RT-PCR test. The date of testing should be 72 hours prior to boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia,” he stated.

Under the rules, the functions filed for Haj 2020 by ladies travelling with no male companion (with out mehram class) shall be legitimate for the following yr’s pilgrimage also.

The embarkation factors for the pilgrimage have been diminished to 10 from the sooner 21. The embarkation factors are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Srinagar, the ministry stated.

The directions for the pilgrimage have been framed after deliberations that included officers from the ministries of minority affairs, health, exterior affairs, civil aviation; the Haj Committee of India, Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia and India’s Consul General in Jeddah.

[Attribution HT]

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