The annual Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, an important event in the Islam calendar, will occur July 7-12. The tradition is back in full force for 2022. Millions of Muslims typically participate in the Hajj each year. Authorities have placed a limit on the number of pilgrims due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.This year it is increased to one million. Individuals must be under 65 years of age and fully vaccinated against COVID-19. International pilgrims are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result that has been taken within 72 hours before departure for the kingdom. Both local and international pilgrims will still be required to wear a mask near the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque. The majority of pilgrims will likely fly into King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah and Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED) in Medina. Government and many corporate offices will close or have reduced operating hours during Hajj. All Muslims, should they be physically fit and financially stable enough to do so, are required to do the Hajj pilgrimage at least once in their lives as it is considered a time of self-renewal for Muslims.
Pilgrims go to the Masjid al-Haram and walk around the Kaaba four times quickly and four times slowly, before walking seven times between the hills of Safa and Marwah. On the sixth,final day, pilgrims perform Tawaf Widaa, a final circumambulation of the Kaaba and start to leave Mecca for their homes. Thousands of pilgrims started arriving in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia on Friday.