210723 Hajj
Worshippers perform the farewell tawaf around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on July 22, 2021, marking the end of this year's Hajj. Image Credit: AFP

Saudi Arabia raised the number of Haj pilgrims allowed this year to one million from inside and outside the kingdom, state news agency SAP reported early on Saturday.

The kingdom’s ministry of Haj said the annual pilgrimage to Mecca this year will be for those under 65 and that pilgrims must be fully vaccinated, SPA reported.

The ministry added that pilgrims from abroad must also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test and that health precautions would be observed.