This year, the Saudi Arabian government has given the Hajj departure quota for Indonesia again. This is because Indonesia and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement on the holding of the 1444 H/2023 M pilgrimage.
Annual Hajj Quota
This year’s Indonesian haj quota consists of 203,320 regular haj pilgrims and 17,680 special haj pilgrims. Apart from that, the Indonesian Hajj quota is also given to officers of 4,200 quotas. Not only this year, in 2022 Indonesia will also receive a hajj quota of 100,051. This amount is only about 46% of the normal quota given in previous years
However, in 2020 and 2021, Indonesia will not get a hajj quota due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has occurred in several countries, including Saudi Arabia itself. Looking further back, the quota for prospective Indonesian haj pilgrims was reduced by 20 percent from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The policy during the 2013-2016 period was implemented as a result of the Grand Mosque renovation project. So, after the renovations were completed, the quota for prospective Indonesian pilgrims increased by 10 thousand in 2017 compared to before the renovations started, namely in 2012 only 192,290 pilgrims departed. Then in 2019, Indonesia’s haj quota increased by another 10,000 to 231,000.
In addition to quotas, the agreement also regulates the landing of aircraft in Jeddah and Medina as well as several recent policies related to Hajj services and the most important thing is that there is no age limit for pilgrims. Previously in 2022, due to the pandemic Saudi Arabia limited the age of pilgrims under 65 years.
Source: Indonesia Baik