The Ministry of Health has issued a reminder to all pilgrims of the health precautions they are required to take before they come to the Kingdom to perform the upcoming Hajj.
All pilgrims, without exception, are required to be vaccinated against meningitis, whether coming from overseas or resident in the Kingdom, as well as all those who will be working at pilgrimage locations. Everyone should carry a valid vaccination certificate dated not less than ten days before arrival, and not more than three years.
Pilgrims are also advised to take precautions against influenza.
Pilgrims coming from countries affected by yellow fever should bring a certificate to prove that they have been vaccinated against this disease in accordance with conditions specified by the World Health Organization (WHO). These countries are, in Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bassao, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Sierra Leone; and elsewhere: Bolivia, Guyana, Brazil, Columbia, Panama, Peru, Surinam and Venezuela. Any pilgrim who arrives from one of these countries without a yellow fever vaccination certificate will be quarantined, vaccinated and kept under observation for six days.
In addition, all aircraft and other means of transportation carrying pilgrims from these countries must be fumigated and made free from insects and mosquitoes.