Millions of Muslims travel to Mecca for Hajj and Umrah. The pilgrimages are intensive and not without risks. Good preparation is therefore necessary.
Hajj is the pilgrimage that every able-bodied Muslim must make at least once. It takes place in the last month of the Islamic calendar. The Umrah, also called the minor pilgrimage, is voluntary and can be done all year round. Especially during Hajj there are millions of people in Mecca at the same time.
There is a risk of meningococcal infection in the large crowd. That is why the authorities of Saudi Arabia are making the meningococcal vaccination mandatory for all participants in Hajj and Umrah. The vaccination must be given at least 10 days before arrival in Saudi Arabia. Make an appointment in good time so that you are assured of a place in our vaccination clinic.
In addition to the meningococcal vaccination, other vaccinations are also recommended. For example, polio and hepatitis A can also be more easily transmitted in a crowd. It is also important to take precautions against hepatitis B. One of the rituals during Hajj is that men have their heads shaved. A razor that is used for several people poses a risk of transmission of hepatitis B. Therefore, only visit an official hairdresser or bring your own razors. Vaccination is also an option. For more information, read our comprehensive travel advice for Saudi Arabia.
The pilgrimage requires a lot of effort and is performed in a warm climate. It is therefore important to also take a number of general measures.