The religious affairs minister announced the decision on Thursday, June 3, Reuters reported.
“Due to the pandemic and for the safety of the pilgrims, the government has decided that this year it won’t allow Indonesian pilgrims to go again,” Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas said in a statement.
The decision comes as Saudi Arabia has not yet announced the hajj quota for this year.
“It’s not just Indonesia…no countries have received quotas, because the memorandum of understanding has not been signed,” he said, adding that pilgrims who had paid hajj fees will be pilgrims next year.
Before the pandemic, Makkah used to see millions of Muslims from around the world pouring in to perform Hajj.
Hajj ceremonies symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith. It commemorates the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family.
Every able-bodied adult Muslim who can financially afford the trip must perform Hajj at least once in a lifetime.