Bangladesh Bank has instructed the banks to keep their branches or sub-branches in districts and Upazilas open on Saturday, May 28 for smooth Hajj travel management.
The central bank issued an instruction in a notice on Friday night following the finance ministry’s instructions at the request of the religious affairs ministry.
Bangladesh Bank had earlier ordered that the banks be open last Saturday, May 21 for the same reason.
Hajj pilgrims will be allowed to take $1,200 or foreign currencies equivalent to the amount with them. Foreign currency quota for overseas travel will not be applicable to this amount. The staggered registration will end on Tuesday.
After two years of pandemic closure, 57,585 Bangladeshis will be able to make the Hajj pilgrimage this year. Of this group, 4,000 will go through government arrangements, while 53,585 will go through private agencies.
This year, the Saudi Arabia announced that one million people will be able to perform Hajj. Among them, 85% of the pilgrims are from different parts of the world while the rest are from Saudi Arabia.
This year Hajj is expected to begin on July 8, subject to the sighting of the moon.
Hajj this year will begin on Jul 8, subject to the sighting of the moon.