Kondotty: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Saudi Arabia, has decided to restrict Hajj pilgrimage this year to devotees below the age of 65. They will also have to take the vaccine approved by the health ministry of Saudi. Besides, the pilgrims have to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours of leaving the origin country.
Applicants who turn 65 before April 30 are excluded by the ministry. The co-pilgrims who apply together with the elderly will also be rejected. The restriction applies also to the group of women pilgrims without Mahram. However, the eligible applicants can re-apply online within April 22.
The state Hajj committee has already accepted the applications for this year's pilgrimage and was waiting for the guidelines of the Saudi government.
The Saudi government has approved permission for 10 lakh pilgrims this year for the holiest pilgrimage of Islam.