COVID-19 vaccination is a condition to perform Hajj 1444

Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, has enabled foreign travelers to perform Hajj this year. Only a few thousand Saudi citizens and residents attended the annual pilgrimage in the last two years as COVID-19 wreaked havoc across the global economy and curtailed travel.
Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, has enabled foreign travelers to perform Hajj this year. Only a few thousand Saudi citizens and residents attended the annual pilgrimage in the last two years as COVID-19 wreaked havoc across the global economy and curtailed travel.

Pilgrims wishing to perform the Hajj this year are required to complete all doses of COVID-19 vaccinations, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah confirmed. The ministry stated that the Hajj pilgrims this year must also get the meningococcal vaccine and the seasonal influenza vaccine.

The health requirements for performing the rituals of Hajj include that the pilgrim should not be suffering from acute chronic diseases or any infectious diseases, the ministry said. Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah has announced that the Kingdom will scrap all age requirements for pilgrims, after three years of restrictions to curb a possible spread of COVID-19.

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