Indian pilgrims to skip Hajj 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020

Hajj 2020: The Haj Committee of India Friday said 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.

"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", the Haj Committee of India said, according to Madhya Pradesh State Haj Committee.

"The Haj Committee of India has also decided to refund the Advance Haj Amount and Balance Amount to all the pilgrims", the MP State Haj Committee said.

The pilgrims who were selected after the Qurrah and had deposited in Haj Committee of India's bank account should fill the cancellation form and submit it back for the refund of Haj Advance Amount and Balance Haj Amount.

"Along with the cancellation form, the pilgrims should also attach a cancelled cheque and email it to", MP State Haj 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 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 nder 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.