Will you be travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah? It’s vital to confirm up-to-date information and regulations with the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). It’s also crucial to know the vaccinations for Hajj and Umrah in Tamworth.
Hajj and Umrah are religious journeys (pilgrimages) to Mecca by Islamic believers. They take place in Saudi Arabia. Whereas Hajj is held at particular times of the year, Umrah occurs at any time. Before the outbreak of COVID-19, more than 1 million worshippers from all over the world attended the pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage happens from the eighth to thirteenth days of the Islamic calendar’s final (12th) month.
Every year, the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia normally issues vaccination and visa entry guidelines and requirements for Hajj and Umrah.
It’s essential for one to be physically fit during Hajj and Umrah. Therefore, you may consider postponing your visit if:
– You are 65 years and above
– Have health conditions like lung, kidney, or heart disease
– Have health problems that compromise your immune system
– You have a terminal condition like cancer
– Are pregnant
– You are 12 years and below
It’s important to consult with your doctor or us no less than eight weeks before you travel. Along with the vaccinations below, Covid-19 is included in the Hajj and Umrah Vaccinations.
Meningococcal Meningitis (Meningitis ACWY)
Anybody going for Hajj and Umrah is required to receive the meningitis ACWY vaccination regardless of their age. If you are above the age of two, you have to show an ACWY vaccination certificate. This is a requirement before entry to Saudi Arabia. The certificate has to be provided ten days before arrival.
The meningitis ACWY vaccine keeps you safe against meningitis and from septicaemia, which results from ACWY meningitis strains. If you are going to Sub-Saharan Africa countries, you also have to receive the meningitis ACWY jab.
According to the International Health Regulations 2005, every traveller from yellow fever high-risk areas should have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. You should get the vaccine ten days before heading to your destination. Suppose an individual doesn’t have a certificate: he/she will be placed under strict supervision for six days after getting the vaccination or from the last date they were possibly exposed to the condition.
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Travellers arriving from re-established transmission countries or polio-endemic areas should get one dose of OPV (no matter the vaccination status or age). A vaccination proof is compulsory before departure for travellers from polio-endemic countries and re-established transmission countries during application for an entry visa for Saudi Arabia. Visitors also get one dose of Oral Polio Vaccine at the border points upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.
Seasonal Flu Shot
During internal pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia, everyone is advised to receive seasonal influenza vaccinations. This is mainly beneficial to those at risk and every medical personnel in the Hajj area.
To receive your Hajj and Umrah vaccination in Tamworth, contact the Travel Health Clinic today. Book an appointment and check out the other services we provide in Tamworth and all over the UK.