Applications for this year’s Hajj will be accepted from Sunday (May 1) through the 13th of the following month.
Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Mufti Abdul Shakoor stated at a press conference in Islamabad on Friday that candidates may submit their applications online and pay a token amount of Rs 50,000 in selected banks.
After receiving confirmation from Saudi Arabia, the entire amount of Hajj will be disclosed. However, the cost of Hajj this year is likely to be in the range of 700,000 to one million rupees.
This year, Pakistan attracted 81,132 Hajj pilgrims, with 40% of them coming from government schemes and 60% from private schemes.
According to the ministry, the top age restriction for pilgrims has been set at 65 years old. Pilgrims will need a supplemental dose of the vaccine, he noted.
According to the protocol, pilgrims must be fully vaccinated, including a booster dose, and must take a PCR test at least 72 hours before to departure.