Hajj in Saudi Arabia

Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel
Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions
Watch - Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

As the COVID-19 situation around the world changes, CDC is monitoring COVID-19 risk in each country and making travel recommendations. If you are considering international travel, see CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination.

Key points

  • Mass gatherings, such as Hajj, can increase the risk for infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as other health risks.
  • Travelers to Saudi Arabia should be up to date on all routine vaccines. Check with Saudi Arabia for their most current vaccine requirements, especially regarding meningococcal vaccination.  They may require or recommend other vaccines.
  • The Saudi Ministry of Health recommends that pregnant women, children, and those terminally ill postpone their plans for Hajj and Umrah. Adults over 65 and those unvaccinated (have not received primary series of an approved vaccine) against COVID-19 will not be permitted to perform Hajj this year.
  • Travelers should prepare for very hot temperatures and stay hydrated.
  • Travelers should make sure they are fit to make the pilgrimage and pack enough prescription and over-the-counter medicines to last their entire trip.
  • A COVID-19 viral test may be required for entry to Saudi Arabia. Please check all entry requirements before departing.

What is the current health situation?

The Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is one of the world’s largest mass gatherings. In 2022, Hajj will take place between July 7-12. Because of the crowds, mass gatherings such as Hajj are associated with unique health risks. Before you go, you should visit a travel health specialist for advice, make sure you are up to date on all routine and travel-related vaccines, and learn about other health and safety issues that could affect you during your trip.

General Guidance for Hajj Pilgrimage
  • Reduce your chances of infection.
  • Protect yourself from hot temperatures and sun exposure.
    • Expect daytime temperatures over 100°F.
    • Stay hydrated.
    • Perform rituals at night when possible.
    • Carry an umbrella to shade yourself from the sun.
    • Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher when outdoors.
  • Follow security and safety advice for mass gatherings.
    • Avoid densely crowded areas.
    • Perform rituals during non-peak hours.
    • Know all emergency exit locations and how to get there.
    • Keep copies of your passport and entry stamp with you.
    • Enter local emergency service numbers and contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate into your mobile phone.
    • Follow all local laws and social customs.

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