21 Jun 2021
Hajj 1442AH 2021: Updated restrictions announcedNew restrictions announced for pilgrims wanting to perform Hajj 1442AH in 2021
Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca), in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the world. The approximate dates for Hajj 1442H are 17-22 July 2021 . On 12 June 2021, the Saudi authorities announced that permission to perform Hajj 1442H this year will be restricted to 60,000 pilgrims who already live in Saudi Arabia .
Permission to perform Umrah (normally year-round) was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Saudi authorities have gradually allowed pilgrims to perform Umrah at limited capacity. British nationals resident in Saudi Arabia can apply to perform Urmah through the official Ministry of Hajj app ‘Eatmarna’ and also ‘Tawakkalna’. Details of the process can be found on the official Ministry of Hajj Twitter page.
British citizens wishing to perform Umrah or Hajj should follow announcements on FCDO official social media channels @ukinsaudiarabia and guidance from local authorities.
Pilgrims who are permitted to perform Umrah should be aware that proof of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine is mandatory . Residents and visitors will be required to register their details with a COVID-19 mobile app.
An official Ministry of Hajj and Umrah app has been launched as part of the registration procedure to perform Umrah.
Pilgrims should check:
- Up to date information from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office for details on current guidance and travel restrictions for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- The current regulations and travel restrictions in place for the UK nation they live in: England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Restrictions may apply to international travel except in limited circumstances such as where travel is essential for work or education.
- The TravelHealthPro Country Information page.
- Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Foreign travel advice. Saudi Arabia. [Accessed 18 June 2021]
- Saudi Press Agency. Registration for those wishing to perform Hajj rituals in 1442AH limits to citizens and residents inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia only. 12 June 2021 [Accessed 18 June 2021]
- Saudi Press Agency. Ministry of Interior: Royal Approval Allows Performance of Umrah, Visit Gradually. 23 September 2020 [Accessed 18 June 2021]
- Saudi Press Agency. Ministry of Hajj and Umrah: Increasing operational capacity of the Grand Mosque during Ramadan. 5 April 2021. [Accessed 18 June 2021]