Saudi Arabia has announced that age and number restrictions imposed on pilgrims during the COVID-19 pandemic will not apply this year.
The Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, spoke at the opening of the “Hajj Expo 2023” exhibition, which was held in Jeddah, entitled “Quality and Competitiveness in Serving the Guests of Rahman: A Future Vision.”
Rabia indicated that no age restrictions will be imposed on pilgrims this year and that the number will be the same as it was before the pandemic, describing the decision as “good news”.
Saudi Arabia imposed age and number restrictions on pilgrims after 2020, when the new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) spread.
That is why the number of pilgrims reached 2.5 million in 2019; It was limited to 10 thousand in 2020, 60 thousand in 2021, and 899 thousand 353 in 2022, of which 779 thousand 919 came from outside Saudi Arabia.
The Hajj Expo 2023 exhibition and conference, which is being organized under the auspices of Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Advisor to the Two Holy Mosques and Emir of Makkah, will run until January 12.
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