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Your Guide to a Safe Hajj Journey

Hajj is the fifth and final pillar of Islam. It is performed in the month of Dhul Hijjah and marked with the Eid Al Adha celebrations.

It is a journey every able Muslim is expected to make once in his or her lifetime. In the next couple of weeks millions of faithful from all over the world will come together in Mecca.

In Qatar, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs is the entity organizing the mission. It offers in detail all necessary information for performing Hajj and provides assistance seven days a week through its hotline number 132.

As the countdown begins, pilgrims are being asked to receive the necessary vaccines about two weeks before they embark on the journey to allow the vaccination to become effective.

The immunization drive has started in primary health centers across Qatar. The vaccines are required for protection against communicable diseases such as meningitis, respiratory infections and seasonal influenza, and all pilgrims are expected to carry the vaccination card with them.

The Saudi Ministry of Health also recommended that vulnerable groups of people, as listed below, reconsider their travel plan:

  • People older than 65 years
  • Children younger than 12 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic diseases (such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, or respiratory disease)
  • People with weakened immune systems or who take drugs that suppress the immune system
  • People with cancer or terminal illness
  • People traveling from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea because of Ebola outbreak in those areas (Saudi Arabia announced that they will not be issuing visas for this population.)

The Health Communication Program for Hajj, drawn by the Saudi Ministry of Health, also advises all pilgrims to comply with common public health guidelines to curb the spread of respiratory infectious disease. These include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water or disinfectant, especially after coughing and sneezing.
  • Using disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and disposing it in the waste basket.
  • Avoiding hand contact with the eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoiding direct contact with the infected persons (people with symptoms such as cough, sneeze, expectoration, vomiting, and diarrhea) and not sharing personal gadgets.
  • Wearing masks, especially when in crowded places.
  • Maintaining good personal hygiene.

Health Requirements Concerning Ebola Virus Disease (EVD):

In response to the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West African countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) the following protective measures should be applied:

  1. No visa to the KSA for Hajj, Umrah or any other purpose for travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
  2. All KSA embassies and consulates should make sure that all applicants for entry visa to KSA have not traveled or lived in EVD affected countries within the last three weeks before their applications and entry visa should not be given to any person who visited or lived in the affected EVD countries within the last three weeks for Hajj, Umrah or any other purposes.
  3. KSA will make sure that all visitors to the country at point of entries (air, sea and ground) fill the Ebola screening card before entering the KSA.

Additional Information

Health Information for Travelers to Saudi Arabia

World - travel advice on MERS-CoV for pilgrimages

Hajj Mission Qatar – Mecca

South Azizia - Taif Road - Near Alawi Tunisian Hospital

Phone: +966-5544425/ +966-5544426

Fax: +966-5544421

Hukoomi team wishes you all a safe Hajj trip. May Allah accept your good deeds!