Iraq allows air travel for 30k Arbaeen pilgrims from Iran

Iraq has decided on health regulations governing the entry of foreign pilgrims for this year’s Arbaeen pilgrimage as authorities say only 30,000 pilgrims from Iran will be allowed to visit holy shrines in the country later this month.

Multiple reports by news outlets on Sunday said that western land borders to Iraq will remain closed during days before and after Arbaeen which falls on September 27 this year and marks the 40th day since the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

The report said that Iraq would only allow Iranian air passengers who can submit negative coronavirus test results.

Earlier reports had suggested that Iraq might relax restrictions on Arbaeen pilgrimage this year after two periods of closures because of the spread of the coronavirus.

Millions of Muslims use the Arbaeen occasion to pay respect to the holy shrines of Shia imams and other religious sanctities in Iraq.

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