In a bid to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect pilgrims across the world, the Saudi Arabia government’s Ministry of Hajj and Ummarh Affairs has banned overseas Pilgrims from participating in this year’s 2021 Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca for the second time in a row.
In view of that, the Ghana Hajj Board has also cancelled this year's pilgrimage.
The Board says it will refund monies to pilgrims.
Before the pandemic, some 2.5 million pilgrims used to visit the holiest sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina for the week-long Hajj, and the lesser, year-round Umrah pilgrimage, which altogether earned the kingdom about $12bn a year, according to official data.
In a communique signed between the Ghana Hajj Board, and the Ghana Hajj Agents Association at Hajj Village over this year cancellation of Hajj, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, Chairman, Ghana Hajj Board explained that pilgrims who wish for a refund will definitely receive it as soon as they apply for it.
“Pilgrims who paid directly to the Hajj board and wish to receive a refund of their Hajj fees (for 2020 payments), must apply to the Hajj Board for their refund to be paid expeditiously and also Pilgrims who, paid via their agents and wish to receive a refund of their Hajj fees (for 2020 payment) must apply via their agents for their 2020 Hajj feel payments to be paid expeditiously,” he said.
Adding that the board will absorb any additional increment of fares in case there is an increase in the 2022 Hajj.
“Pilgrims who wish to retain their Hajj fee deposits with the Hajj Board (for 2020 Hajj), will be exempted from paying any increment in the Hajj fare for 2022. Pilgrims who via their agents, wish to retain their Hajj fee deposits with the Hajj Board(for 2020 Hajj ) will be exempted from paying any increment in the Hajj fare for 2022”, Sheikh I.C. Quaye said.
He further indicated that the Hajj Board will ensure, that all monies paid by pilgrims directly to the Hajj Board or via their agents for 2020 Hajj will be paid in full per the above arrangements.
Find below the full communique: