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Christine Dumontet

Nurse

Health Requirements and Recommendations for Travelers to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah - 2018/1439H.

22 May 2018

Health Requirements and Recommendations for Travelers to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah - 2018/1439H.

The Ministry of Health in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued this document to address the health requirements and recommendations for visitors traveling to Saudi Arabia for the purposes of Umrah, Hajj, or seasonal works in Hajj and Umrah zones during the 1439H (2018) season.

Hajj 2018: From the evening of Sunday, August 19 to the evening of: Friday, August 24, Dates subject to change.

Disease/Conditions of Special Importance during Hajj and Umrah:

Yellow Fever:​

The Ministry of Health in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia requires that all travelers arriving from countries or areas at risk of yellow fever transmission (see below) must present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. The yellow fever vaccination certificate is valid for life starting 10 days after vaccination.

Meningococcal meningitis:

Visitors arriving for Umrah, Hajj or for seasonal work in Hajj zones, are required to submit a valid vaccination certificate with a tetravalent (ACYW135) meningococcal vaccine administered no less than 10 days prior to arrival to Saudi Arabia. 
Vaccination with ONE of the following vaccines is acceptable:

a) Tetravalent (ACYW135) polysaccharide vaccine within the last 3 years. 
b) Tetravalent (ACYW135) conjugate vaccine within the last 5 years.

 If the vaccine type is not indicated in the certificate, the certificate will be valid for 3 years. 

Poliomyelitis:

Travelers arriving from countries with circulating wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) and from countries at risk of polio reintroduction are required to submit a valid polio vaccination certificate.

Seasonal Influenza:

The Ministry of Health in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia recommends that all pilgrims get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.

Influenza vaccination is particularly important for pregnant women, children less than 5 years of age, adults over 65 years of age and individuals with specific health conditions such as obesity, bronchial asthma, chronic heart or lung diseases, HIV/AIDS and immune suppression. For this year`s Hajj, the southern hemisphere vaccine is expected to be available before Hajj and the Ministry of Health in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia recommends all pilgrims to receive this vaccine at least 10 days prior to commencing hajj.

Zika Virus Disease and Dengue Fever:

The Ministry of Health in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia recommends pilgrims to take necessary measures to avoid mosquito bites which include sleeping in air-conditioned rooms/tents and using insect repellents.

Physical Ability and Health Education:

Pilgrims and relevant officials in countries of origin are encouraged to consider the physical ability and health conditions of individuals applying for Hajj and Umrah.

Those with severe medical conditions such as terminal cancers, advanced cardiac, respiratory, liver, or kidney diseases, and senility are exempt from these religious duties. 

Health authorities in countries of origin are requested to provide basic health education to pilgrims prior to travel. This may include food safety, heat-exhaustion, and means of preventing infectious diseases.

The Ministry of Health in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia recommends all pilgrims to update their immunization status against vaccine-preventable diseases. This includes vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, varicella and mumps.

Source: https://www.moh.gov.sa/en/hajj/pages/healthregulations.aspx