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Health requirements and recommendations for Hajj and Umrah performers and those working in Hajj areas - 2015 (1436H)
The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia has issued the following requirements and recommendations for those willing to perform Hajj and Umrah in 2015 (1436H):

1) Required Vaccines:

the following requirements must be met before issuing entry visas for Hajj and Umrah:

a) Yellow Fever:

i) In accordance with the International Health Regulations 2005, all travelers arriving from countries or areas at risk of yellow fever (listed below) must present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate showing that the person was vaccinated at least 10 days before arrival at the border.

ii) Aircraft, ships and other means of transportation coming from countries affected by yellow fever are requested to submit a certificate indicating that they applied disinfection in accordance with the internationally-accredited forms.

iii) The following countries/areas are affected by yellow fever:

In Africa:

Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Soudan, Togo, Uganda.

In South and Central America:

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

b) Meningococcal Meningitis:

i) Domestic pilgrims and workers at Hajj sites or entry ports: the following categories may be required to receive quadrivalent meningococcal (ACYW135) vaccine within a period of no less than 10 days or more than 3 years as of the start of the Hajj season:

(1) All citizens and residents of Madinah and Makkah;

(2) All citizens and residents willing to perform Hajj;

(3) All Hajj workers;

(4) All workers at Saudi land, marine and air ports of entry:

ii) For visitors from all countries:

All those visiting Saudi Arabia for the purpose of Umrah or pilgrimage or for seasonal work are required to submit a certificate of vaccination with the quadrivalent (ACYW135) vaccine against meningitis, provided that the certificate is issued within a period of no more than 3 years and no less than 10 days before arrival in Saudi Arabia. The health authorities in the visitor’s country of origin should ensure that the needed vaccine was completely administered.

iii) Visitors from African meningitis belt:

In addition to the above stated requirements, preventive treatment will be administered at port of entry for visitors coming from countries of the African meningitis belt: namely, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan and Sudan.

c) Poliomyelitis:

i) All those travelling to Saudi Arabia from the below mentioned countries must present a certificate indicating that they received oral polio vaccine (OPV) or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) within a period of no more than 12 months or less than 4 weeks prior to departure for Saudi Arabia.

ii) In addition, they will also receive one dose of OPV at ports of entry regardless of their age or history of vaccination.

iii) Above requirements are applied to travelers coming form the following countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Cameroon, Nigeria, Somalia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza), Syrian Arab Republic, Madagascar, South Sudan and Yemen.

2) Additional recommended vaccine (optional):

a) Seasonal Influenza:

The Saudi Ministry of Health recommends that all domestic and international pilgrims and all Hajj workers receive regular vaccines against seasonal influenza, particularly pregnant women, children under 5 years, obese people, and those suffering from chronic diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory diseases, neurological diseases, metabolic disorders, renal diseases, diabetes and chronic heart diseases.

3) Health Education:

Health authorities in the countries of origin are required to provide information for pilgrims on infectious diseases’ types, symptoms, methods of transmission, complications, and means of prevention.

4) Foodstuff:

Hajj and Umrah performers are not allowed to bring food to Saudi Arabia. Only foodstuffs that are properly canned, sealed and stored in containers with easy access for inspection are allowed in small quantities, sufficient for one person during the period of his/her trip.

5) Specific precautions against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-COV):

a) The Saudi Ministry of Health recommends the elderly people, pregnant women, children, as well as those suffering from chronic diseases (e.g. heart diseases, kidney diseases, respiratory diseases and diabetes), and persons with immune deficiency (congenital and acquired) and tumors to postpone the performance of Hajj and Umrah in this year for their own safety.

b) The ministry also advises all pilgrims to comply with health guidelines to curb the spread of respiratory diseases, atop of which is Coronavirus, which include:

i) Washing hands with soap and water or disinfectants, especially after coughing and sneezing.

ii) Using disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and dropping them in the waste basket.

iii) Trying as much as possible to avoid hand contact with eyes, nose and mouth.

iv) Avoiding direct contact with the infected persons or use of their personal gadgets.

v) Wearing masks, especially when in crowded places.

vi) Avoiding direct contact with camels and staying away from their gathering places.

vii) Avoiding drinking camel milk unless it is pasteurized or boiled, or eating their undercooked meat.

6) Health Requirements concerning Ebola Virus Disease (EVD):

In response to the ongoing outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Guinea and Sierra Leone in western Africa, the following protective measures are applied:

i) Entry visas for those coming from Guinea and Sierra Leone to perform Hajj and Umrah or any other purpose will continue to be suspended.

ii) Saudi embassies and consulates should make sure that all applicants for entry visa to KSA have not travelled or lived in EVD-affected countries within the last 3 weeks before their application. Persons who visited or lived in such countries within the last 3 weeks will not be given entry visas for Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj, Umrah and for any other purpose.

iii) The Saudi Ministry of Health urges abiding by the following health advice to avoid developing any infection:

(1) Avoid direct contact with confirmed or suspected cases.

(2) Avoid use of tools contaminated with the blood or fluids of the infected case.

(3) If a person with a history of travel to any affected country develops any symptoms, he/she must be carried to a healthcare facility immediately.

7) Other precautions in response to international health emergencies:

In the event of declaring a public health emergency of international concern, or emergence of any disease outbreak under the International Health Regulations 2005 in the countries of origin of Hajj and Umrah performs, the health authorities in Saudi Arabia may take additional preventive precautions (not included in the measures mentioned above) following consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the spread of infection among citizens, and Hajj and Umrah performers.


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