The flights carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year will begin on July 14.
This year, a total of 127,198 pilgrims - 7,198 under government management and 120,000 under private management - will perform Hajj from Bangladesh.
The government has taken necessary steps so that the pilgrims can go to Saudi Arabia smoothly.
This year, a total of 1,26,798 persons will go to Saudi Arabia for performing hajj. Of them, 6,798 will perform hajj under government management while 1,20,000 under private management, he said.
The hajj is likely to be held on August 21 this year subject to the moon sighting, said Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Hajj programme-2018 at the Hajj Camp in the capital's Ashkona area on July 11
The pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia through 528 hajj agencies and the first flight carrying hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia is scheduled to begin on July 14 and continue till August 15 while the return hajj flight is scheduled to begin on August 27 and will continued till September 25.
Bangladesh Biman will carry 64,967 pilgrims through 187 flights while the rest 61,831 pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia through 188 flights of Saudi Airlines this year, he said.
The pilgrims will conduct four medical tests—blood, sugar, x-ray and ECG—before hajj.
The pilgrims can conduct their medical tests at the private hospitals alongside the government hospital.