The Haj season is expected to begin on 26 June
Saudi Arabia has confirmed that it will remove Covid-19 restrictions for the 2023 haj season.
In 2019, 2.6 million pilgrims travelled to Saudi Arabia to perform Haj. As a result of the pandemic, Saudi allowed only a limited numbers of residents to perform the pilgrimage in 2020 and 2021, but in 2022 it welcomed one million foreign pilgrims as restrictions eased.
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According to the ministry, no restrictions will be imposed this season; even age limits will be removed. Last year, access was restricted to pilgrims aged 18 to 65 who had been fully vaccinated and did not suffer from chronic diseases.
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Haj season is a major source of income for Saudi Arabia, from lodging to transport and visa fees. The country aims to increase Umrah and Haj capacity to 30 million pilgrims per year and to generate US$13.32 billion in revenue by 2030.
For more information, visit www.haj.gov.sa