Saudi Arabia has revealed that the Maldives will receive 453 quotas for the Hajj pilgrimage this year.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah released a list detailing the Hajj quotas allocated to each country, via Twitter. The list specified the number of pilgrims allowed from each country this year.
The Maldives and the African country, Liberia, get 453 quotas according to the list.
As Saudi Arabia announced its decision to reduce the number of pilgrims, Islamic Affairs Minister Dr. Ahmed Zahir Ali said earlier that the Maldivian government had not received any official information regarding the reduced quotas granted in the Maldives.
Speaking to RaajjeMV, the minister said the Maldives embassy in Saudi Arabia had sent a letter detailing that the Maldives would receive 45% of their usual quota this year. However, the Minister said that this may not be the exact amount of quota the Maldives will receive and that the number may increase in the future.
The minister said the confirmed number of quotas would be disclosed next week.
Maldivians have not participated in the Hajj pilgrimage for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Saudi Arabia has eased its COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and announced the country will allow one million people to perform Hajj this year. As such, the country has decided to allow people under the age of 65 who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health, to perform the Hajj pilgrimage this year.
Pilgrims are required to provide a negative PCR test result.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, Saudi Arabia allowed 1,000 people living in the country to perform Hajj pilgrimage, in 2020. They allowed 60,000 people to perform Hajj pilgrimage, in 2021, with ease restrictions.