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This year’s Hajj is expected to cost more than Rs. 700,000, making it the most expensive pilgrimage for Pakistanis to date. According to reports, lower-level contacts between Saudi and Pakistani officials for Hajj this year have taken place, and the costs are expected to be around Rs. 700,000.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently released COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Hajj 2021 pilgrims. In addition, the Saudi Ministry of Health has announced that in order to participate in this year’s Hajj, pilgrims must be vaccinated.
“Pilgrims will be required to receive vaccination prior to the month of Zilhaj — more precisely, two weeks prior to visiting the kingdom — and will be required to provide concrete evidence of receiving a vaccination from WHO-certified vaccines,” it elaborated.
The ministry has also issued guidelines for pilgrims regarding the PCR test, stating that “those arriving in the kingdom during the Hajj season will be required to undergo a PCR test 72 hours prior to their arrival.”
Earlier, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri had also confirmed that Hajj may be more expensive this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the implementation of coronavirus SOPs, every country’s Hajj operational costs are expected to rise this year. Qadri added then;
“We have officially written to the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination for provision of COVID vaccine for pilgrims. The ministry is planning to procure vaccines for healthcare personnel initially from China. We have requested the ministry to put pilgrims in the priority category too.”
Pakistan will be vaccinating the pilgrims before their departure, though it is yet to be seen if the Saudi government approves the Chinese vaccine or not, he had stated then, hoping Saudi Arabia doesn’t object to the Chinese vaccine.