Indian pilgrims to skip Hajj 2020

The Hajj Committee of India has said that the pilgrims from India will not be able to travel to Makkah in Saudi Arabia due to the prevailing Coronavirus epidemic situation in India and the Kingdom. They join Indonesia who earlier this week also banned its citizens from performing Hajj this year.

We have not yet received any communication from Saudi authorities regarding Hajj 2020. Moreover, it is not possible to send the pilgrims to Makkah in Saudi Arabia for Hajj amidst the COVID-19 epidemic.

Hajj Committee of India, according to Madhya Pradesh State Hajj Committee.

“The Hajj Committee of India has also decided to refund the advance Hajj Amount and balance amount to all the pilgrims”, the MP State Haj Committee said.

‘Cancellation form’

The pilgrims who were selected after the Qurrah and had deposited in Hajj Committee of India’s bank account should fill the cancellation form and submit it back for the refund of Hajj advance amount and balance Hajj amount. “Along with the cancellation form, the pilgrims should also attach a cancelled cheque and email it to [email protected]”, MP State Hajj Committee said.

Saudi Arabia has so far not taken any decision on international travel plan of pilgrims for Hajj 2020. Currently, all international flights to and from Saudi Arabia are suspended due to Coronavirus scare. India has also suspended regular domestic and international flights because of the epidemic.

Hajj 2020 date

Hajj this year is likely to be performed on July 30, 2020. The actual date of Hajj 2020 will be decided based on the sighting of the new moon of the month of Dhu al Hijjah. Unofficial reports citing sources close to concerned authorities in Saudi Arabia said that like Ramadan and Eid al Fitr, Hajj 2020 will also be performed under Coronavirus restrictions and lockdown.

“The Saudi authorities are planning to allow small delegations from selected countries for Hajj 2020. This is almost confirmed that masses and general public will not be able to perform Hajj this year”, the informed sources said.

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