The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom Saudi Arabia have published their health requirements and recommendations for 2017 Hajj and Umra.

This year the event will take place between 30 August and 4 September

1. Meningococcal

Pilgrims over 2 years of age who intend to undertake Hajj or Umra are required to provide proof of vaccination against meningococcal disease ACWY to get a visa for entry

2. Yellow Fever 

All travellers arriving from countries at risk of yellow fever transmission must have a valid vaccination certificate ( now lasts for your lifetime and does not require a booster)

3. Polio

 Proof of vaccination will be required from those arriving from countries affected by active polio virus such as Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and the Ukraine. There are several African areas listed as vulnerable and the list may be extended should there be an outbreak

4. Influenza

International pilgrims are recommended to be vaccinated with the most recently available seasonal influenza vaccine, particularly children and those with chronic health conditions such as asthma and heart disease.

 5. Dengue and Zika

The mosquito responsible for transmission of both Dengue and Zika is present in surrounding cities. Mosquito avoidance measures are advised for both the day and night hours


 Hajj and Umra performers are not allowed to bring fresh food into Saudi Arabia. Only sealed food and small quantities in containers for individuals is permitted and may need to be inspected on arrival.

 7. General Health Advice

 The advice to reduce the spread of respiratory infectious diseases continues to include hand washing, avoiding contact with the eyes, nose and mouth, safe disposal of tissues after coughing or sneezing, avoiding close contact with animals, particularly camels and avoiding drinking camel milk or meat that has not been properly cooked.


For current updates of international infectious disease outbreaks see or and for the full Saudi Health advice, see


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