Updated: 20 July 2020 at 5:45 p.m. Israel time
In light of the current circumstance related to the spread of coronavirus disease and the restrictions being imposed through the health directives of many governments around the world, the suspension of pilgrimage announced by the Universal House of Justice earlier this year will not be lifted in time to allow pilgrimages scheduled from 12 October 2020 to 12 January 2021 to proceed.
In the near future, our Department will contact those who have been invited for pilgrimage between these dates to assist those friends who wish to reschedule their pilgrimage for when it is once again possible to resume visits to the Holy Land.
Should you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us by telephone at +972 (4) 835-8511, Sundays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until noon local Israeli time, or through the Contact Us form on this website.
With regard to pilgrimage and visits to the Bahá’í World Centre, the following was shared in a letter dated 12 March 2020 from the Department of the Secretariat to all National Spiritual Assemblies:
“The Universal House of Justice has been following closely the evolving global health crisis caused by the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and for some time the Department of Pilgrimage has been advising prospective pilgrims and visitors about the rapidly changing restrictions being imposed on travellers by the government of Israel. The current situation and the escalating measures being taken by governments and airlines have now necessitated the suspension of pilgrimage and brief visits to the Holy Land until such time as circumstances permit them to resume.
The House of Justice regrets that many friends who were planning to visit the World Centre of the Cause will be affected by this suspension, but it hopes that they will, before long, be able to fulfil their hearts’ desire.
Kindly assure the friends in your communities of the supplications of the House of Justice at the Sacred Threshold that Bahá’u’lláh’s unfailing assistance and strengthening grace may surround them as well as their compatriots and that all those affected by this outbreak may be sheltered beneath the canopy of His watchful care.”