In view of the on-going global COVID-19 pandemic, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) has decided not to send a delegation of pilgrims for the Haj pilgrimage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) this year.
Please refer to the full media release here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. I was scheduled to go for Haj in 2020 and then deferred to 2021. What happens to my place in the queue and when can I expect to go for Haj?
Pilgrims that were allocated places to perform Haj in 2020 and then deferred to 2021 will be given priority for Haj in 2022. Muis will facilitate the re-allocation of Haj places for the affected pilgrims without affecting their place in the queue. However, pilgrims’ eligibility to perform Haj 2022 will be subject to any requirements mandated by the relevant authorities in KSA and Singapore.
2. What happens to the money I’ve paid my Haj GSA?
Generally, the GSAs will be refunding the full amount to you. However, some may charge a $200 admin fee. You are encouraged to speak to your GSA for further details.
3. I wish to register and go for haj. When can I register?
Currently due to the uncertainties for Haj caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, registration for Haj has been suspended. Muis will re-open registration when the global situation, the situation in Saudi Arabia as well as the national situation in Singapore has stabilised and it is safe to resume Haj.
4. How many people are in the queue to go for Haj?
Currently there are over 38,000 people in the queue. With the current quota allocated to Singapore, it may take at least 39 years to clear this backlog. Every year, Muis has been working closely with the Saudi authorities to request for more places for Singapore pilgrims and we will do likewise once it is safe to resume Haj.
5. Is it safe to go for Haj during the pandemic?
The opinion of the Fatwa Committee as well as medical experts is that Haj should be deferred until the situation is safer for pilgrims.
We wish to highlight that pilgrims that have completed their COVID-19 vaccination may still contract the virus. This can be seen in a number of recent cases in Singapore and overseas. In the holy land, Singaporean pilgrims will mingle with pilgrims from other parts of the world. This will highly increase the risk of cross-infection.
Furthermore, if a pilgrim were to test positive for COVID-19 whilst in KSA, he/she will be subjected to the medical and quarantine requirements in KSA and will likely be unable to complete his/her Haj rituals.