Only a limited number of pilgrims performed Hajj in the years 2020 and 2021. But, this year, Saudi Arabia has decided to accept a much larger number of foreigners as pilgrims to the Hajj 2022. However, it has placed some requirements one has to follow before they will be allowed to enter the country to perform the sacred duty this year. These requirements are listed below.
Requirements to Perform Hajj as a Foreigner
Usually, Muslims of all nationalities can travel to Saudi Arabia for Hajj, provided they meet the basic entry requirements.
Hajj 2021 and 2020 were affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Muslims from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were not able to take part in the annual pilgrimage. The number of participants was limited to 60,000 who were residents of Saudi Arabia in 2021.
This exceptional measure was taken to limit capacity and allow for social distancing during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants had to be in a good state of health and aged between 18 and 65 years old.
COVID-19 Health Requirements for Hajj 2022
Plans for Hajj 2022 include digital health cards and COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Formal announcements are expected in the coming months.
Saudi Arabia has recently opened to vaccinated tourists who can apply for a Saudi eVisa and perform Umrah outside of Hajj season.
Hajj insurance policy for foreign pilgrims
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah now required foreign pilgrims to have insurance coverage for COVID-19 of SAR 650,000.
The insurance will cover the cost of any treatment, emergencies, and quarantine. The insurance policy must be approved by the Saudi Central Bank.