Saudi security officers stand in front of the Kaaba, as muslims pray during the Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, the holiest night for Muslims, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the fasting month of Ramadan, at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on 19 May 2020
Saudi security officers stand in front of the Kaaba, as muslims pray during the Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, the holiest night for Muslims, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the fasting month of Ramadan, at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on 19 May 2020Reuters

Intending hajj pilgrims who had deposited registration money to perform Hajj under government or private management and now want to withdraw their money have to apply after 12 July.

The decision was taken at a meeting, chaired by religious affairs secretary Nurul Islam, at the secretariat on Wednesday, reports news agency UNB.

The ministry also announced that pre-registration and registration made for Hajj this year, will be effective as pre-registration and registration of 2021 (1442 Hizri) as well.

If the cost of the Hajj package increases or decreases in 2021, it will be adjusted with the current amount deposited by the pilgrims, the meeting decided.

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Pilgrims who want to withdraw registration money must apply to the religious affairs ministry online. The money will be refunded without deducting any service charge.

However, their pre-registration will be cancelled and they will have to pre-register anew for performing Hajj next year.