Hajj and Umrah 1443H (2022)
19 April 2022
On 9 April 2022, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that one million international and domestic pilgrims will be able to perform Hajj 1443H (2022). The number of international pilgrims allowed to enter Saudi Arabia for Hajj will depend on the quota allocated to each country.
In addition, the ministry announced that the following regulations will be applied:
- Only pilgrims under 65 years of age who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, using vaccines approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health, will be able to perform Hajj.
- Pilgrims from outside Saudi Arabia will need to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test, performed within 72 hours of the time of their departure to Saudi Arabia.
The official health requirements and recommendations for travellers to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah 1443H (2022) are yet to be released by the Saudi Ministry of Health, these guidelines will advise on other vaccine requirements for pilgrims entering the country.
The CBHUK (The Council of British Hajjis) is advising British pilgrims planning to undertake Hajj to:
- follow official guidance issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- only book travel with organisers approved and licenced by the Ministry of Hajj who hold a valid ATOL (Air Travel Organisers License)
- follow the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice for Saudi Arabia
More information and general advice on Hajj and Umrah page is available on the TRAVAX (for healthcare practitioners) and the fitfortravel (for the public) websites. These pages will be updated further once official health requirements and recommendations for travellers to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah are released.
Source: TRAVAX, 11 April 2022