The Ministry of Health KSA Recommendations for Hajj 2015

The Ministry of Health KSA currently recommends that as a precautionary measure, elderly people, those suffering from chronic diseases, those with immune deficiency, pregnant women and children should postpone the performance of the Hajj and Umrah this year.

At Noori Travel we are trying to keep you inform and prepare you as best as we can before your trip insuring that you are aware of all the requirements and making sure your health and fitness are suitable for travelling.

Pilgrims should research their trip well in advance of travel by checking the information on pilgrimage to KSA at the KSA Ministry of Hajj Portal, the KSA Ministry of Health: Your Health – Your Hajj and also on the Saudi Arabia Country Information page. Pilgrims should also seek advice about the health risks for any travel that may be undertaken either before or following Hajj or Umrah. Information on health risks for other destinations throughout the world can be found on the Country Information pages.

Pilgrims should ensure they are up to date with all routine immunisations, and ideally see their healthcare provider at least 4-6 weeks before travel for advice on vaccinations, malaria chemoprophylaxis (if appropriate), food and water precautions, risks from insect bites, and injury prevention.

Performing the rituals of Hajj is demanding and involves walking great distances usually in hot weather. Pilgrims should ensure that they are physically fit before travelling, and pilgrims with pre-existing medical conditions should discuss the suitability of travel with their doctor. If on prescribed medications, they should ensure they have a sufficient supply to cover their time abroad and carry a copy of their prescription.

In some situations deferment of travel should be considered when the risks to the pilgrim are assessed to be high.

In response to international outbreaks of disease, the Ministry of Health (MOH) KSA recommends that elderly people, pregnant women, children, and those suffering from chronic diseases (e.g. heart diseases, kidney diseases, respiratory diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, and immune deficiency) postpone the performance of the Hajj and Umrah rituals for this year for their own safety [1].

Women who anticipate their periods occurring during the Hajj may wish to delay menstruation, which is possible to achieve using hormonal treatment. Women should discuss this with their GP or family planning clinic well before departure.

Pilgrims should identify in-country healthcare resources in advance of their trip, and ensure they have adequate travel insurance should they fall ill. Comprehensive travel insurance is essential for all aspects of the journey, and Sharia compliant travel insurance is available.