Semarang, Central Java (ANTARA) - Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas stated on Saturday that 61 percent of Indonesia's prospective Hajj pilgrims have undergone health checks before departing for Saudi Arabia to perform their Hajj.

"Preparations for prospective Hajj pilgrims have entered the health examination stage," he said after the 23rd Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS) closing ceremony.

Undergoing a health check is mandatory for all prospective pilgrims to ensure their physical fitness for Hajj, a fundamental prerequisite (Istitha'ah) for Muslims to perform the pilgrimage.

Passing the health check is also a requirement before they complete their Hajj fee payments.

Qoumas expressed confidence that the remaining prospective pilgrims would undergo and pass their health checks, ensuring Indonesia utilizes its full quota of 241,000 pilgrims for this year's Hajj season.

One day before their departures, Hajj pilgrims will be admitted to designated dormitories in their respective regions starting on May 11.

The departures of Indonesian Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year will take place in two phases: May 12-23 (to Madinah) and May 24-June 10 (to Jeddah).

The peak of Hajj rituals, Wukuf in Arafah, will take place on June 15. Scheduled return flights for Indonesian pilgrims are slated for June 22 to July 22.

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