Online application process for Haj 2021 starts today, check details

Online application process for Haj 2021 starts today, check details

The online application process for Haj 2021 started on Saturday as Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced that the pilgrims will have to deal with significant changes in view the coronavirus pandemic.

While announcing Haj 2021 at Haj House, Mumbai, Naqvi said that fresh national and international pandemic-related protocol guidelines will be implemented and they will have to be followed strictly during the Haj 2021.

The last date of applying for Haj 2021 is December 10, 2020. People can apply offline and through the Haj Mobile application, according to a press release issued today.

Naqvi said that Haj 2021 is scheduled for June-July 2021 and the entire pilgrimage process is being held in accordance with the necessary guidelines issued by the Saudi Arabia government and the Government of India in view of the pandemic.

The Haj 2021 process has been chalked out after deliberations among Ministry of Minority Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Haj Committee of India, Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia and India’s Consul General in Jeddah and other agencies keeping in view all aspects of the pandemic challenges.

Naqvi said that the arrangements for Haj 2021 have been made under special circumstances with strict rules and regulations, eligibility criteria, age restrictions, health and fitness requirements, and other relevant conditions of the Saudi Arabia government.

He added the rules will pertain to accommodation, the period of stay of pilgrims, transportation, health and other facilities both in India and Saudi Arabia.

The minister said that all the necessary guidelines for Haj 2021 will be implemented strictly, indicating that people of all ages may not be able to go on the pilgrimage next year amid the pandemic.

He went on to say that each pilgrim will have to undergo coronavirus test 72 hours before Haj journey as per prevailing international air travel protocol. Each pilgrim will have to submit an RT-PCR test certificate issued by an approved laboratory with a negative result before the journey to Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, the embarkation points for Haj 2021 have been reduced to 10 after feedback from Air India and other agencies. Earlier, there were 21 Haj embarkation points across the country.

For Haj 2021, the 10 embarkation points are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Srinagar.

Ahmedabad embarkation point will cover entire Gujarat; Bengaluru will cover entire Karnataka; Cochin (Kerala, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar); Delhi (Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh; Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, western districts of Uttar Pradesh); Guwahati (Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland); Kolkata (West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura, Jharkhand, Bihar); Lucknow (all parts of Uttar Pradesh except western parts); Mumbai (Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli) and Srinagar embarkation point will cover Jammu-Kashmir, Leh-Ladakh-Kargil.

The application filled for Haj 2020 by women under without “Mehram” (male companion) category is valid for Haj 2021 also. Besides, new forms are also being accepted from women, who want to perform Haj 2021 without “Mehram”.