Relax Travel Ban for Hajj Travellers

Relax Travel Ban for Hajj Travellers

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Muhammad Qaiser Siddiqui started this petition to The Hon Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health and Aged Care and

The Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia, and is performed by Muslims around the world. This ritual is obligatory, once in a lifetime, for all Muslim believers who can afford it. Hajj is expected to fall this year 18th-19th July. Due to the International travel ban in place, one cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 unless he/she has an exception. Last year, due to the worse Covid situation all around the world, this pilgrimage was available to very limited numbers of people who were already in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

So far, this year,  we have a very encouraging scenario here in Australia and also observe that in Saudi Arabia, very strict implementation of rules like wearing masks, social distancing and limited gatherings and other precautions including close monitoring, has caused the situation under control. This has raised the opportunity for citizens of many countries including Australia, to perform Hajj this year. Currently, Saudi Arabia does not present a serious health risk and not included in the list of high-risk COVID-19 countries.

The pilgrims, currently, are required by Saudi Arabia, to have the physical ability, good health conditions (monitored upon arrival, during the stay and upon leaving) and must be COVID -19 vaccinated besides following extra precautions in place. Saudi authorities strictly monitor overall activities, which can be viewed on https://makkahlive.net/

Surely all these implementations will ensure a safe pilgrimage this year and onwards. The Saudi authorities are taking every organized step possible and do not allow traditional overcrowding and congestion to ensure the good physical and mental health of the pilgrims during their stay in Saudi Arabia. Therefore this journey if exempted looks safe and does not pose any risk to our community here, in Australia.

Many Muslims have to wait long until they are financially capable, leaves from the workplace and handling other issues in their absence. Some feel to perform this duty the earliest as a health condition or other factors may change causing difficulties/ missing this opportunity and or waiting long for another year or so to pass through.

Hajj travel is done in an organized way (group travel) and is not an individual trip. Thus the group will be easy to direct for the implementation and follow related rules during this trip, which may be of approx. 15-16 days. Hajj is a positive emotional experience that leads to self-change and great spiritual benefits to the pilgrim and his or her family.

In view of the above, it is requested that exemption be please considered for a resident here to perform hajj by following the rules and regulation in place, on compassionate ground.

 

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