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Hajj & Umrah Pilgrims Vaccination Luton

The health requirements for pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj and Umrah) are published by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health annually.


Age of Use

2+ months

Doses Required




Time before Travel

10 days

Booster Required

Enquire with Travel Pharmacist


from £65

What vaccinations are recommended for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims?

All pilgrims should ensure that they are up-to-date with routine immunizations, including measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) and polio. Travellers whose last dose of polio was more than 10 years ago should receive a booster, using the trivalent tetanus, diphtheria, and polio vaccine. All pilgrims should consider hepatitis B vaccination.

The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia recommends that all pilgrims are vaccinated against seasonal influenza.
Those at particular risk of complications (such as those aged 65 years and older, pregnant women, or those with chest, heart, liver, or kidney conditions) are eligible for this vaccination on the NHS.

For those travellers who do not fall into a risk category, seasonal influenza vaccination must be paid for. This may be done at Birdsfoot Pharmacy Travel Clinic.

All pilgrims aged 2 years and older to Hajj and Umrah are required to show proof of vaccination against meningococcal meningitis ACW135Y. Vaccination is also a requirement for obtaining a visa.

This vaccine should have been received not more than three years, and not less than ten days before arrival in Saudi Arabia, and should be recorded in a vaccination book showing the traveller's full name, or on an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) booklet.

All pilgrims arriving from Afghanistan, Angola, Chad, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan are required to receive one dose of oral polio vaccine (OPV) at least six weeks prior to departure for Saudi Arabia, regardless of age or vaccination history. All such travellers will be required to receive a further dose of oral polio vaccine upon their arrival in Saudia Arabia. Proof of vaccination is required.

Additionally, children aged 15 years or younger travelling from countries with imported cases of polio within the last 12 months must show proof of vaccination with OPV at least six weeks prior to visa application, irrespective of vaccination history. These travellers will be required to receive a further dose of OPV on arrival in Saudi Arabia. The following countries are considered to have imported cases of polio: China, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Somalia, and Yemen.

All pilgrims arriving from countries or areas at risk for transmission of yellow fever must present a valid International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis booklet documenting yellow fever vaccination.

Further travel advice can be obtained from the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Basis for recommendation for the Hajj & Umrah Vaccinations

Seasonal influenza vaccination is now recommended by the Ministry of Health for Saudi Arabia because viral respiratory infection (known as Hajj cough) experienced by many pilgrims can range from a mild inconvenience to a severe illness, and can interfere with performing the rites.
Meningococcal meningitis has occurred during previous Hajj pilgrimages and has spread to other countries in association with returning pilgrims.

One of the rites of Hajj is for men to have their head shaved. Although the Saudi authorities provide licensed barbers with a new blade to use for each pilgrim, unlicensed barbers may not conform to this standard. Hepatitis B vaccination is, therefore, recommended.
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255 Birdsfoot Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU3 2HX
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