Hajj in Saudi Arabia
Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel
Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions
Watch - Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions
- The Hajj pilgrimage to Islamic holy sites in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is one of the world’s largest mass gatherings. Hajj will take place July 17-July 22, 2021.
- On June 12, 2021, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah officially announced that only people currently residing in Saudi Arabia will be permitted to make the pilgrimage this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- CDC recommends that Americans already in Saudi Arabia not make the pilgrimage. Mass gatherings, such as Hajj, can increase the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 because it can be hard to practice physical distancing.
- Even fully vaccinated people may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.
- Medical resources in Saudi Arabia may be limited.
- For information about COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia, please see the COVID-19 Travel Health Notice for Saudi Arabia.
Whenever you travel, take steps to protect yourself.
- Get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before travel.
- Check the CDC website for travel guidance and information on how to stay healthy and safe during travel:
- Check the U.S. Department of State’s website:
- Saudi Arabia Travel Advisory
- Saudi Arabia International Travel Information webpage
- Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): enroll online to receive security updates and information about emergency assistance.
- Statement by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah
- Ministry of Hajj and Umrah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
- COVID-19: Considerations for Communities of Faith (CDC)
- Health Information for Travelers to Saudi Arabia (CDC)
- Saudi Arabia: Hajj/Umrah Pilgrimage (CDC Yellow Book: Health Information for International Travel)
Page last reviewed: July 01, 2021