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Hajj Travel 2017

Health Regulations for Hajj 2017

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health has issued their requirements and recommendations for entry visas for the Hajj and Umrah in 2017. These are updated annually. Hajj is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world and occurs from the 8th-13th day of the 12th month in the Islamic calendar. In 2017, Hajj will fall approximately between 30 August and 4 September.

The Saudi Arabia MoH strongly recommends that the elderly (above 65 years of age) and those with chronic diseases (e.g. heart disease, kidney disease, respiratory disease, diabetes), immune deficiency (congenital and acquired), malignancy and terminal illnesses, pregnant women and children (under 12 years) postpone the performance of Hajj and Umrah in 2017 for their own safety.

Pilgrims are advised to follow health guidelines to curb the spread of respiratory infections, including Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronovirus (MERS-CoV), to prevent diarrhoeal disease, and minimise heat-related problems, amongst others. The Saudi Arabia MoH website includes useful health information and resources for pilgrims to this year’s Hajj.

It is strongly recommended that all pilgrims obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance (including repatriation) before travel.
Adults and children over the age of two years arriving for the purpose of Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage (or for seasonal work in the Hajj area) are required to produce a certificate of vaccination with quadrivalent ACW-135Y vaccine against meningitis. Both conjugate and polysaccharide vaccines are acceptable for certificate purposes, but use of conjugate vaccine is the preferred choice in the UK.

  • conjugate vaccine - single dose to be given not more than 5 years and not less than 10 days prior to arrival;
  • polysaccharide vaccine - single dose to be given not more than 3 years and not less than 10 days prior to arrival;
  • in the UK, visas will not be issued unless proof of vaccination, at least 10 days prior to the expected date of entry into Saudi Arabia, is submitted with the visa application.

There are certain other vaccinations which maybe recommended for personal protection, including hepatitis A, influenza and measles. In addition, the Saudi Arabia MoH has compulsory vaccination requirements for Hajj pilgrims entering from certain countries other than the UK, for example yellow fever and poliomyelitis.

Leaflet and Posters

The posters and leaflet in this section have been produced by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) have been designed to help protect Hajj pilgrims, their family and the wider community from travel associated infections.

These resources are available in English, Urdu and Punjabi.

Further Information