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This year, Hajj will take place in November.
Here is some simple advice for pilgrims planning to travel:
- Have up-to-date vaccinations against the diseases tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and polio (boosters are recommended every 10th year). Some people may also need the MMR vaccine.
- Vaccination against meningitis is mandatory for everyone over 2 years. Saudi Arabian health authorities require vaccination against meningitis for anyone over 2 years before a visa will be granted. An international vaccination card must be attached to the visa application and carried during the journey. The Menveo vaccine is recommended for adolescents aged 11 years and older. For children between 2 and 11 years the Mencevax ACWY vaccine is used.
- Bring a first aid package that includes sufficient amounts of any regular medication, and medication for diarrhoea, including salts for oral rehydration solutions.
- Have valid travel insurance.
- Saudi Arabian health officials also encourage pilgrims to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza.
The same advice applies at Umra even though the population there will be smaller.