The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria,
(NAHCON) says it receives with gladness the
pleasant news of the lifting of direct travel ban into
From the 5th of March 2021, Nigerians can now fly
directly to Saudi Arabia, according to a circular
released by General Authority for Civil Aviation
A statement signed by Fatima Sanda Usara, Head,
Public Affairs of NAHCON, said also that a near
total cancellation of Covid-19 restrictions were
announced indicative of a return to regularity.
The agency noted that the only requirement for
entry into the Kingdom is now full vaccination with
the accompanying registration on Tawakkalna and
Eatmarna apps as gateway.
This development means that intending pilgrims for
Umrah from Nigeria and other similarly banned
countries are now permitted to travel directly into
Saudi Arabia so long they fulfil the mandatory
As a result, the NAHCON Chairman, Alhaji Zikrullah
Kunle Hassan, says he rejoices with multitudes of
Muslims all over the world, Nigeria in particular, for
the normalization of worship in the two Holy
mosques in Makkah and Madinah.
Indeed, it has been two years of agonizing
deprivation for those to whom Saudi Arabia is not
just a home of worship but also a means of
Alhaji Hassan, however, says he appreciates the
fact that Saudi Arabia’s decisions on matters of
Hajj and Umrah have always been in the interest of
the Muslim world and the generality of humanity, no
matter how difficult the decision might seem.
Hence, while giving gratitude to the Almighty, the
NAHCON Chairman, Alhaji Hassan, commended the
custodian of the two Holy Mosques, Khadimal
Haramain, His Majesty, King Salman bin Abdulaziz
Al Saud, and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman,
for this brave move to the Muslim ummah despite
the pandemic challenges.
Consequently, with the heightened hope that
international Hajj would be open in the 2022,
NAHCON seized the opportunity to inform the
public that guidelines for participation in the Hajj
shall be communicated to Nigerian intending
pilgrims after signing of the MoU between NAHCON
and the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
Alhaji Hassan repeated his counsel to Nigerian
intending pilgrims to be law abiding whenever they
travel out of the country for Hajj or Umrah.
“Though Nigerian intending pilgrims’ response to
covid-19 vaccination was impressive, yet anyone
wishing to embark on Hajj and Umrah is to
remember that full vaccination is required as a
safety precaution for himself and residents of Saudi
Arabia as well as fellow Muslim travelers to the holy
land for worship. They are thus reminded that
unmet vaccine requirement may lead to quarantine
and or other penalties,” the Chairman said.
“Intending pilgrims are also reminded to desist
from travelling with prohibited items into the
Kingdom such as illicit drugs and kolanuts. They
should recall that penalty for drug trafficking in
Saudi Arabia is death.”
Besides, NAHCON said it is in full collaboration with
the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA,
and other interrelated agencies in ensuring that
such persons are apprehended before embarking
on the trip.
The agency called on intending pilgrims to see this
opening as an opportunity to seek closeness to the
Almighty by way of being of good conduct home
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