Pakistani Hajj Applicants Will Pay Extra Rs. 345 million due to Government Incompetence

Pakistani Hajj Applicants Will Pay Extra Rs. 345 million due to Government Incompetence

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah refused to accept COVID-19 test reports from intending Pakistani Hajj Applicants. These tests were performed in Pakistani government laboratories.

Saudi Hajj Ministry made a policy change and clarified that COVID-19 test reports of pilgrims will be accepted if they are performed at one of six designated laboratories.

It was also stated that tests for Hajj Applicants should be performed 72 hours before departure, instead of 48 as required earlier.

Pakistani Hajj Applicants Will Pay Extra Rs. 345 million due to Government Incompetence

Sources claim that the Saudi authorities have already communicated the same information to the Ministry of Religious Affairs. However, the Ministry of Religious Affairs had suggested that COVID-19 reports for Hajj Applicants from government laboratories be made freely available to the government to cut costs.

The additional cost of Rs. will be added to the burden of each Hajj pilgrim. 4,250 Pakistani pilgrims and 81,210 Pakistani pilgrims are required to pay Rs. 345 Million for COVID-19 Testing.

The new rules are coming days after Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), announced that those over 65 would be denied entry into the Kingdom.

The guidelines stipulated that pilgrims should receive the coronavirus vaccine dosages permitted by their governments. Additionally, they should be tested negative for the virus at least 48 hours before traveling to Saudi Arabia.

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