After nearly three years of restrictions imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, Saudi Arabia has lifted the limit on Hajj pilgrims and the age limit for Hajj 2023.
Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tawfiq Al Rabiah confirmed that the number of pilgrims will return to what it was before the pandemic.
All Muslims with the means are required to perform the pilgrimage at least once during their lives, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.
In 2019, around 2.5 million people performed Hajj, but this number drastically decreased in the following years due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Nearly 900,000 pilgrims performed Hajj in 2022, including almost 780,000 foreigners.
To perform Hajj this year (2023), Pilgrims must be under 65 and vaccinated against COVID-19 with a negative test to enter the Kingdom.
As Saudi Arabia has lifted restrictions and the new payment plan will make Hajj even easier for domestic citizens, Hajj 2023 is expected to draw a greater number of pilgrims.
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