Banks remain open today...

Banks remain open today

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:17 AM, 28 May 2022   Updated: 08:18 AM, 28 May 2022

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The banks will remain open on Saturday to ensure smooth travel management for Hajj passengers. 

Following the finance ministry’s instructions at the request of the religious affairs ministry, Bangladesh bank issued an order on Friday night instructing all banks to keep an adequate number of branches in the districts and Upazilas. 

Last week, the banks remained open on a Saturday (May 21) due to the same reasons. 

This year, Hajj pilgrims will be allowed to carry $1,200 or equivalent foreign currency. The foreign currency quota for overseas travel will not be applicable to this amount. The staggered registration will end on Tuesday.

After a two-year restriction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 57,585 Bangladeshis will be making the holy pilgrimage this year among whom 4,000 will be travelling under government arrangements and the rest 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.