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Hajj 2023: Saudi ministry announces registration rules
Priority will be given to first-time pilgrims and all attending must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19View attachment 16903
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has confirmed that priority for registration this year will go to those who have not made the pilgrimage before.
A new pilgrim can accompany a main applicant, provided they highlight their first-time status in their application.
The news came during the ministry's response to a question on its Twitter account from a person who wanted to know the reason why his Hajj application was rejected.
The applicant had performed the pilgrimage 16 years before.
The Ministry announced on Thursday that pilgrims wishing to perform this year's Hajj must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Pilgrims must also have the meningococcal vaccine and the seasonal influenza shot, the ministry added.
They should not be suffering from acute chronic diseases or any infectious illnesses.