Hajj travel

Background

The Hajj, known as Dhu al-Hijjah, is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world and occurs from the eighth to the thirteenth day of the final month in the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar is 11 days shorter than the western world's Gregorian calendar and the Gregorian date of the Hajj is 11 days earlier each year. In 1440H (2019) Hajj will fall approximately between 9 to 14 August 2019.

Guidance

Health protection guidance for Hajj 2019 can be found on the following websites:

Saudi Ministry of Health (MoH) requirements 2019

The Saudi MoH has issued their requirements and recommendations for entry visas for the Hajj and Umrah in 2019. These are updated annually.

In addition the Saudi MoH website includes useful health information and resources for pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. 

Publications

The information leaflet below details how Hajj pilgrims can manage travel associated risks to enable them to protect themselves, their family and the wider community.

View the advice leaflet in the following languages:

The infographic poster below recommends that Hajj pilgrims prepare themselves for travel by visiting their GP six to eight weeks before departure. The poster may be displayed in GP surgeries, mosques, social clubs and other venues where they may be seen by those planning to go to Hajj or Umrah. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the information leaflet above.

View the poster in the following languages: