The government on Wednesday (Apr 8) extended the deadline for registration till Apr 16. The religious affairs ministry issued a notice in this regard. The government has extended the deadline for the third time. The previous deadline was Apr 8, local media reported.
The registration process that began on Mar 2 was first supposed to end on Mar 15. Later, the deadline was extended till Mar 25.
The religious affairs ministry and Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) earlier said the pilgrims will get back their money if they fail to perform Hajj this year due to the spread of coronavirus.
A total of 1,37,198 Bangladeshis are scheduled to perform Hajj this year, which is likely to be held on Jul 31, depending on moon sighting.
Of that number, 17,198 are scheduled to perform Hajj under government Hajj management, while the rest are scheduled to make the pilgrimage under HAAB.
Hajj flights are scheduled to start from Jun 23. On Mar 14, Saudi Arabia suspended all international flights for two weeks to contain the spread of coronavirus.
On Apr 1, the Saudi government urged different countries to delay making Hajj plans this year following global Covid-19 pandemic.