16 Jun 2022

Hajj 1443H and Umrah update: 2022

Information for pilgrims planning to perform Hajj 1443H or Umrah in 2022 Hajj 1443H and Umrah update: 2022
  • This updates the news item of 7 June 2022

Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca), in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the world. The approximate dates for Hajj 1443H are 7-12 July 2022. On 9 April 2022, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that one million international and domestic pilgrims will be given permission to perform Hajj 1443H; each country will be allocated a quota of pilgrims allowed to enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [1].

COVID-19

For Hajj 1443H, pilgrims must be under 65 years of age and have received COVID-19 vaccinations approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health. Pilgrims from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must submit a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the time of departure to Saudi Arabia.

Meningococcal Disease

All travellers, aged over one year, arriving for Umrah, Hajj or for seasonal work in Hajj zones, are required to submit a valid vaccination certificate with a quadrivalent (ACYW) meningococcal vaccine received at least 10 days prior to the planned arrival to Hajj and Umrah areas.

Vaccination with ONE of the following vaccines is acceptable:

  • Quadrivalent (ACWY) polysaccharide vaccine within the last three years.
  • Quadrivalent (ACWY) conjugate vaccine within the last five years. The ACWY vaccines currently available in the UK are conjugate vaccines.

If vaccine type is not indicated on the certificate, it will be considered valid for three years.

Poliomyelitis

Travellers from countries reporting cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) or circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) are required to submit a polio vaccination certificate with at least one dose of bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) or inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) within the previous 12 months and not less than four weeks prior to arrival. Travellers from countries reporting cases of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) are required to submit a polio vaccination certificate with at least one dose of IPV within the previous 12 months and at least four weeks prior to arrival. If IPV is not available, it is accepted to submit a polio vaccination certificate with at least one dose of oral polio vaccine (OPV) within the previous 6 months and not less than 4 weeks prior to arrival [2]. See Appendix 1 in link below for KSA list of countries reporting polio cases.

Yellow fever

All travellers above nine months of age arriving from countries or areas at risk of yellow fever transmission must present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate [2]. See Appendix 2 in the link below for KSA list of countries at risk of yellow fever transmission.

Full details of the requirements and recommendations for Hajj 1443, including recommended vaccinations, COVID-19 and general health advice are available from the Saudi Ministry of Health:

Umrah can typically be performed at any time of the year.

UK residents and British nationals resident in Saudi Arabia can find information on how to register to apply to perform Hajj and Umrah – 1443H (2022) through the official Ministry of Hajj and Umrah app ‘Eatmarna’.

A comprehensive guide for applying to perform Umrah, including information for those applying from outside of Saudi Arabia, has been produced by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah; the Council of British Hajjis’ also provide regular Umrah updates.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) official social media channels @ukinsaudiarabia, and the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah social media channels @MoHU_En also provide information and guidance.

Pilgrims should also check:

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