Hajj: Entry visa into Saudi Arabia will not secure permit for anyone, NAHCON cautions

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), has cautioned some travel agencies from collecting Hajj fares from intending pilgrims with the assurance of securing slots for them under the entry visa category.  It is alleged that such agents attribute their claims to NAHCON’s permission. In a warning first issued on May 28, NAHCON had dissociated itself from any agent claiming to transport pilgrims to the 2021 Hajj without Saudi Arabia’s clearance. Thereafter the Kingdom had categorically stated that only the 60,000 selected to perform Hajj from within Saudi Arabia shall…

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Hajj to be limited to 60,000 pilgrims in Kingdom this year – Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia says this year’s Hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. The kingdom made the announcement this Saturday, on its state-run Saudi Press Agency. It cited the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for making the decision.In last year’s hajj, as few as 1,000 people already residing in Saudi Arabia were selected to take part in the Hajj. Two-thirds were foreign residents from among the 160 different nationalities that would…

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Saudi Arabia lifts travel ban from 11 countries

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will lift the travel ban that was imposed on people arriving from 11 countries to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the State news agency reported yesterday. Citing people familiar with the development, the Saudi Press Agency, (SPA), said that the travel ban will be lifted from 11 countries starting at 1 a.m on Monday (local time). However, the travellers from these countries will be required to go through institutional quarantine, SPA reported. Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia allowed vaccinated individuals to fly abroad…

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Saudi Arabia considers barring foreign pilgrims from 2021 Hajj – Report

Saudi Arabia has said it is considering barring overseas pilgrims from the annual Hajj for the second year running as Covid-19 cases rise globally and worries grow about the emergence of new variants, two sources familiar with the matter said yesterday. Such a move, it said, would restrict the pilgrimage to Mecca, a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it, to Saudi nationals and residents of the Kingdom who were vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 at least months prior to attending.  While discussions about a possible…

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Hajj 2021 to take place as usual with no limits, Saudi King assures

King Salman, of Saudi Arabia, has assured that Hajj 2021 will take place as per schedule with no pilgrims limit, Reuters news agency has reported. Unlike the Hajj in 2020, when only a few pilgrims were allowed to perform it, In 2021, the Saudi king has given go-ahead as the holy sites are geared for fighting against the ongoing pandemic, coronavirus. However, according to the Hajj and Umrah Ministry of Saudi Arabia, getting the Coronavirus vaccine is mandatory for Hajj in 2021. It was earlier announced that the Covid vaccine…

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Hajj 2021: ‘No seats allocated to Nigeria yet’ – NAHCON

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON) says no hajj seats have been allocated to Nigeria for 2021 hajj by the authorities of Saudi Arabia. Head of Public Affairs of NAHCON, Mrs. Fatima Usara, made the disclosure in a press statement issued yesterday, in Abuja. She said “The attention of the Commission has been drawn to an advert circulated on Instagram and probably other social media platforms claiming that it is official, Nigeria finally got 50,000 slots for Hajj 2021/1442 AH. The advert is calling on intending pilgrims to deposit…

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NAHCON to make Hajj exercise affordable – Chairman

The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), Alh. Zikrullah Hassan, has reiterated the Commission’s commitment to making annual Hajj pilgrimage exercise affordable to prospective pilgrims. Hassan stated this yesterday, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, during a special prayer, organised in his honour by the Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria, (MUSWEN), over his appointment as NAHCON chairman. He said that the introduction of ‘Hajj Savings Scheme’, Hajj Training Institute and the digitalisation of Hajj operations were all aimed at making the Hajj operations affordable and shortening the time spent…

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Lesser Hajj: One year after closing airspace, 75 Nigerians depart for S/Arabia

Seventy-five Nigerians yesterday departed the country via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to perform lesser Hajj, (Umrah) in Saudi Arabia, according to  the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abuja outreach.  This signifies the opening of Saudi Arabian airspace  for Nigerians, after Umrah was banned in February 2020. It is coming after Saudi Arabia closed its airspace for almost a year, following the outbreak of COVID-19. The Head of the NAHCON Abuja outreach, Umar M. Kalgo, while confirming the departure, said a total of 75 pilgrims departed Nigeria to…

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Saudi Arabia lifts all travel restrictions from 1st Jan., 2021

The Ministry of Interior has announced that the restrictions on citizens leaving the Kingdom and returning to it are fully lifted, and permitting the opening of ports for all means of transport through the land, sea and air ports, after January 1, 2021, in accordance with the procedures followed before the Covid-19 pandemic. The country said it will allow GGC citizens and Saudi residents with valid visas to leave and enter the Kingdom according to coronavirus and health procedures and State television reports. The approval was issued on the complete…

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