Health recommendations for Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia

This year the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca begins on Friday, September 9th, and ends on Wednesday, September 14th. The government of Saudi Arabia has issued the following health requirements for travel to the Hajj:

  • The traveller must submit proof of vaccination against meningitis strains ACYW135. For infants and children up to 15 years of age, a vaccination report is required for polio as well as meningitis. Children over 15 years of age should present the same vaccinations as adults. Vaccination against seasonal flu should be obtained two weeks before applying for a visa.

For their own safety and health, the following groups should consider postponing their plans for Hajj and Omrah this year: the elderly, the terminally ill, pregnant women, and children.

Advice For Travellers

Travellers who do not comply with these requirements will not be allowed to travel for the pilgrimage.

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