The Haj pilgrimage scheduled for 2021 shall be carried out as per the brand new pointers framed by the federal government of Saudi Arabia in view of Covid-19 pandemic, Union ministry of minority affairs mentioned Saturday.
As a part of the brand new pointers, an age restriction on the pilgrims is probably going, the ministry mentioned.
On-line registration for the pilgrimage started on Saturday and is ready to shut on December 10, minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi mentioned.
The pilgrimage was suspended this yr because of the ongoing pandemic.
“The candidates can apply on-line, off-line or by Haj cell utility as effectively. In view of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re making it obligatory for all of the pilgrims to submit their COVID-19 destructive report of RT-PCR take a look at. The date of testing ought to be 72 hours previous to boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia,” he mentioned.
Underneath the rules, the functions filed for Haj 2020 by ladies travelling with no male companion (with out mehram class) shall be legitimate for the following yr’s pilgrimage additionally.
The embarkation factors for the pilgrimage have been lowered to 10 from the sooner 21. The embarkation factors are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Srinagar, the ministry mentioned.
The rules for the pilgrimage had been framed after deliberations that included officers from the ministries of minority affairs, well being, exterior affairs, civil aviation; the Haj Committee of India, Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia and India’s Consul Common in Jeddah.