The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued tough guidelines ahead of next year’s Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The pilgrimage is the fifth pillar of the Islamic faith. It’s recommended that Muslims who are physically and financially able take this journey at least once in their lifetime.
The new guidelines include a ban on travel agencies catering for registering, booking, and paying for Hajj packages, accommodation, and permits. This will be managed by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj.
Pilgrims are also warned against carrying huge amounts of money and valuable items. The Saudi kingdom stated that it takes a lot of time to verify large amounts of cash and expensive items, which can slow down the entry process for all pilgrims.
The kingdom also urged the certified companies to send accommodation fees early to avoid last-minute clearance. This will help to ensure that all pilgrims have a safe and comfortable stay during their time in Mecca.
In addition, the Uganda Bureau of Hajj Affairs has embarked on issuing certificates to the companies for proper planning. This will help to ensure that all companies are properly licensed and insured, and that they are able to provide the services they promise to pilgrims.
Finally, the Saudi Arabia Kingdom also listed four types of baggage prohibited for visitors. These include unwrapped and tied luggage, fabric-wrapped luggage, plastic bags, and baggage exceeding weight restrictions. This is to ensure a secure and efficient entry process for all pilgrims.
These new guidelines are designed to make the Hajj pilgrimage a more efficient and enjoyable experience for all Muslims. By following these guidelines, pilgrims can help to ensure that their journey is safe, comfortable, and rewarding.
Credit: Daily Monitor