Pilgrims travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Haj must go through medical examinations and provide vaccination proof when asked for, a statement from the Ministry of Health (MoH) said.
It is mandatory for primary healthcare institutions affiliated with the Ministry of Health to conduct medical examinations and provide necessary vaccinations.
According to the requirements of the competent authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the vaccinations scheduled for performing the rituals for this year are as follows: meningitis vaccine, influenza vaccine, and Covid-19 vaccine (bivalent type).
The ministry called on citizens and residents wishing to perform the Haj rituals for this year to adhere to the necessity of taking the necessary vaccinations. This is a prerequisite to entering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to avoid the transmission of infection and in the interest of public health.
Saudi Arabia ended Covid-19 restrictions for the 2023 Haj season and is ready to host pilgrims. In this regard, the Minister of Hajj and Umrah of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Tawfiq al Rabiah, said during a speech at the Haj Expo conference last January, “The number of pilgrims in this season will return to what it was before the Covid-19 pandemic, without any restrictions on age too.” The full share of pilgrims (14,000 ) from the Sultanate of Oman has been approved.
The pilgrim’s health card is obtained from the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, and then taken to the health institution near the place of residence to conduct the required medical examinations and take the vaccination. Excluded from taking the vaccination are those who have evidence that they have taken the vaccination within a period not exceeding three years (the period of protection provided by the vaccine).
The examination is necessary to check on the health of the pilgrim before leaving.