RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that women can now apply for Hajj even without a mahram (male guardian).
According to the local media of Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Hajj has announced three packages for pilgrims this year, one of which is for women.
The ministry said that the women wishing to perform Hajj can now register individually for which they will not need a male partner and they will be able to apply for registration with other women.
Costs for the three approved packages are 16,560.50 Saudi Riyal (Rs688,526), SR14,381.95, and SR12,113.95. Value added tax will be added to the price of each package.
A maximum of 20 pilgrims per vehicle will be bussed to the holy sites. According to Arab News, the pilgrims will be supplied with three daily meals in Mina and two meals (breakfast and lunch) in Arafat. They will be given dinner in Muzdalifah. Other food and beverage services will be available, but pilgrims are not allowed to bring food with them from outside Makkah.
On June 12, the Saudi Arabian government had announced that 60,000 people residing in Saudi Arabia would be allowed to perform Hajj the following year and people from abroad would not be entertained because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“People from 18 years old to 65 years old will be allowed. They must be healthy and not suffering from chronic disease. Those who have not performed Hajj in the last five years will be given priority,” read a statement issued by Saudi Arabia.