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Hyderabad: Hajj pilgrims must take RT-PCR test within 72 hours

An RT-PCR test must be taken by Hajj pilgrims within 72 hours of departing from Hyderabad, according to the Telangana State Hajj Committee’s executive officer B Shafiullah.

He added that the Hajj Committee of India has confirmed the waiting list for serial numbers 1 to 502. Their candidature will be cancelled unless they submit their original passport and travel documents immediately.

As per Shafiullah, the Hajj Committee of India is working with M/s. Expedient Healthcare Marketing Private Limited (Healthians) in arranging RT-PCR tests when booking flights at Hajj House. The purpose of this is to ensure that all pilgrims can be tested within 72 hours of departure.

Moreover, he requested that Hajj pilgrims wear hand gloves, masks, etc. when visiting the Hajj House 48 hours before departure to book flights.

In Hajj House or at their residence, the VIP company will provide pilgrims with two standardized baggages. During departure and arrival, pilgrims will have to purchase hand luggage bags with a capacity of 7 kg on their own.

Pilgrims can contact 040-23298793 or attend Hajj Training camps for more information.

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The first orientation training camp was conducted in Telangana not too long ago, after a gap of two years.

The logistics of Hajj and how to prepare for the journey ahead were explained to a group of selected pilgrims. Pilgrims who have not yet taken the COVID vaccination were urged to do so immediately. In the absence of a vaccination certificate, they would not be able to obtain a Hajj visa.

The annual Hajj pilgrimage was a washout in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. There was uncertainty this year, too, until the Saudi government announced that international pilgrims would be allowed.

In contrast, Hajj 2022 will be a much smaller affair with only 80,000 pilgrims allowed to perform the Hajj.






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