MUMBAI: Haj pilgrims must submit COVID-19 unfavorable report 72 hours previous to their journey to Saudi Arabia in 2021, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi mentioned on Saturday.
After holding a gathering with the Haj Committee and different stake-holders, the minister for minority affairs informed reporters that December 10 is the final date for submitting purposes for Haj pilgrimage 2021.
“The candidates can apply on-line, off-line or via Haj cell utility as properly. In view of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re making it obligatory for all of the pilgrims to submit their COVID-19 unfavorable report of RT-PCR check. The date of testing needs to be 72 hours previous to boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia,” he mentioned.
Naqvi additionally mentioned embarking factors for Haj 2021 have been decreased to 10 in view of the COVID-19 scenario and the suggestions acquired from Air India and different companies.
Beforehand, there have been 21 such embarking places throughout the nation.
He mentioned the ten boarding spots are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Srinagar.
Naqvi mentioned purposes crammed for Haj 2020 by ladies in “with out mehram (male companion)” class are legitimate for Haj 2021 as properly.
“In addition to, new purposes are additionally being accepted from ladies who need to carry out Haj 2021 with out mehram,” he mentioned.
The minister additionally mentioned Muslim ladies making use of in “with out mehram” class can be exempted from the lottery system.