Saudi opens hajj registration for foreign residents

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said that health standards would be the main determinant for choosing the pilgrims. (File: Reuters)
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Updated 07 July 2020

Saudi opens hajj registration for foreign residents

  • 70 percent pilgrims will be non-Saudis residing in Saudi Arabia

MAKKAH: Sound health will be the main criterion for allowing people to perform Hajj this year so as to ensure pilgrims’ safety, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said on Monday.

Of the total 10,000 pilgrims, 70 percent will be non-Saudis residing in the Kingdom, while the remaining 30 percent will be citizens, the ministry added.
Priority will be given to people who do not suffer from any chronic disease. They will have to undergo a polymerase chain reaction test to ensure they do not have COVID-19.
People who have not performed Hajj before and are aged 20-50 will be allowed to perform the pilgrimage. They will have to commit to a 14-day quarantine both before and after performing Hajj.

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• People who have not performed Hajj before and are aged 20-50 will be allowed to perform the pilgrimage.

• Priority will be given to people who do not suffer from any chronic disease.

Non-Saudi residents who meet the requirements can register at localhaj.haj.gov.sa. Registration began on Monday and will continue until July 10.  The ministry said an exceptional plan has been prepared for this year, and applying for Hajj via its website will be treated as an initial submission.
Final registration will be considered only after issuance of the final approval, and after ensuring that the applicant has met all the health and regulatory standards. The result of the application will be sent via text message.
Applicants have to declare that they do not have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or respiratory diseases, and that they are not infected with COVID-19 or show any symptoms.


Saudi Arabia announces 35 more deaths from COVID-19

Updated 14 August 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 35 more deaths from COVID-19

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 262,959
  • A total of 3,338 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 35 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,383 new cases of the disease on Friday.

Of the new cases, 81 were recorded in Makkah, 77 in Hail, 69 in Jeddah and 63 in Riyadh.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 262,959 after 2,566 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 3,338 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

On Thursday, the health ministry announced Saudi Arabia had conducted more than 4 million COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests since the beginning of the outbreak.