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Updated January 2023
Saudi Arabia has finally removed all restrictions on the number of pilgrims allowed to perform the annual Hajj as well as the age limit restriction for Hajj season 2023.
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kingdom had drastically curbed the number of pilgrims allowed to perform the Hajj between 2020 and 2022, from 2.5 million in 2019 to 900,000 in 2022. Moreover, pilgrims were limited to the ages between 18 and 65 and were also required to present proof of COVID vaccination and a negative COVID test report.
Now, however, with the significant decrease in COVID-19 cases worldwide, the Kingdom will once again welcome Hajj pilgrims in pre-pandemic proportions.
During the opening of #Hajj_Expo 2023, H.E. Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfiq AlRabiah announces:
“Number of Hajj pilgrims in 1444H will return to how it was before the Coronavirus pandemic without age restrictions.”#Makkah_and_Madinah_Eagerly_Await_You pic.twitter.com/IZaPNqapIV
— Ministry of Hajj and Umrah (@MoHU_En) January 9, 2023
Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tawfiq Al Rabiah has confirmed that in 1444H, i.e. 2023, there will be no ceiling imposed on the number of Hajj pilgrims, and all able-bodied Muslims will be allowed in regardless of their age.
Hajj season is expected to begin in June 2023. According to Hajj officials, during the registration, priority will be given to those who have not yet performed Hajj.