First Batch of Iranian Pilgrims Depart for Hajj

Sunday, June 12, 2022

In a ceremony attended by a host of officials, the first group of pilgrims was dispatched to Saudi Arabia this morning.

Addressing the ceremony, the Head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Seyed Sadeq Hosseini referred to the guidelines that Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei had earlier mentioned for this year’s Hajj.

He also called on pilgrims to adhere to health protocols as the COVID-19 virus can still pose a danger to society.

A total of 39,635 Iranian pilgrims are set to take part in this year’s Hajj, departing from 17 airports across the country.

Four other flights will also leave Iran for Saudi Arabia today.

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will receive foreign pilgrims for Hajj this year after two years of suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Figures show some 5.8 million Iranians are on a waiting list for travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

They have been waiting for years for their turn.