Hajj pilgrims to pay GH¢39,000
The National Hajj Board has revealed the Hajj package for 2022, with the total cost of the journey set at GH39,000 for new pilgrims.
The Chairman of the Hajj Board, Shiekh I. C. Quaye stated that pilgrims who maintained their 2020 Hajj deposit of GH¢19,500 will only pay a top-up of GH¢7000 making a total of GH¢26,500.
According to Shiekh I. C. Quaye, the fee is lower than others in the sub-region, adding that the board, with the support of the government, has put in place measures to make the financial expenditure more accommodating for pilgrims.
He pointed out that the 2022 Hajj package includes housing, transport, medical fees, flight, and other services in Mecca, Jeddah, and Medina.
The first flight from Tamale to Medina will take off on 17th June 2022, while the first flight from Accra takes off on the 21st of June, 2022.
Sheikh Quaye said the Hajj quotas of all participating countries have been reduced with only 3,069 pilgrims expected to take the journey this year from Ghana.
On health, he said the Saudi authorities have put in place strict control measures during the Hajj period from 7th to 12th July 2022.
“Hajj will be available this year for those under 65 years of age, provided that they obtain the basic doses of vaccines approved in the Kingdom. Pilgrims must present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival to the Kingdom,” he added.
The chairman of the Hajj Board said pilgrims must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the complete doses of Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, Sinopharm, Sinovac.
He said quarantine will not be required for foreign pilgrims fully vaccinated with vaccines approved in Saudi Arabia.
However, pilgrims must have medical insurance to cover any COVID-19 related treatment costs during their stay.
“Worshippers are no longer required to obtain a permit and appointment to pray at the Grand Mosque in Mecca as well as the Prophet’s mosque in Medina. All intending pilgrims must be registered online through e-Hajj. The e-Track is already active,” he stated.