Services - HAJJ / Pilgrimages

It is important you are prepared for your pilgrimage. 

We will provide:

  • Meningitis vaccine (A,C,Y, W-135)
  • MSP vaccines if required, to ensure you are up to date
  • Documentation of your vaccines for Visa purposes
Pilgrimage consultation $ 20.00
Meningitis vaccine $130.00
MSP vaccines, if eligible $ 0.00

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Hajj is the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia including Mecca.  All Muslims who are physically and financially fit enough are obliged to perform Hajj once in their lifetime.  The timing of the Hajj is based on the Islamic calendar and shifts slightly on the Gregorian calendar each year.

Each year more than 3 million people take part in the Hajj, most of who travel internationally from many different countries.  The Hajj is a well-organized and peaceful event.  However, the pilgrimage takes considerable stamina, both mental and physical. 

Preparation for your memorable trip will help reduce risks.   Make an appointment for a consultation as early as possible. 

Meningococcal Meningitis (A, C, Y, W-135) vaccination is a requirement for Hajj.

Visa requirements for travel to the Hajj are strict and include possession of a non refundable ticket, proof of the required immunizations and a cheque to cover the cost of accommodation. 

Visa requirements can be found at

www.saudiembassy.net/services/hajj_requirements.aspx

Meningitis:  All Pilgrims to the Hajj aged 2 and older are required to provide proof of vaccination with quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine (A,C,Y,W-135) given no more 3 years and not less than 10 days before arrival in Saudi Arabia. 

For most travellers from Canada the meningitis vaccine will be the one essential vaccine for the Hajj.

 

For travellers from certain other countries the following vaccines are also required:

Polio:  Polio vaccine is required for Pilgrims coming from polio endemic countries or countries where transmission of polio has been re established (Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Solalia, Syria or Yemen).   Proof of polio vaccine given between 1 year and 4 weeks of arrival must be shown. 

Yellow Fever:  All travellers arriving from countries at risk for Yellow Fever transmission must produce proof of Yellow Fever vaccine given at least 10 days before arrival at the border. 

In addition to the above vaccines required by the Saudi government, there are other vaccines that are strongly recommended for any pilgrim travelling to the Hajj: Influenza, Tetanus/Diptheria, MMR, Chicken Pox, Hepatitis A and B, Tyhpoid.

 

Other risks to consider when you attend the Hajj:

Infectious disease- the close crowding of large numbers of people greatly increases the risk of certain infectious diseases. 

Heat – temperatures can be up to 40 and even 50 degrees Celsius.  Exertion is required to visit the various sites.  The combination can cause significant stress on the body, particularly for the frail and elderly. 

Food, water and accommodation challenges – there are limitations in food supply as well as limitations on how much and what kind of food can be brought in.
Various types of accommodation are available but advanced planning is a must. 

Crowding and stampeding.   There have been numerous incidences of stampeding of crowds during the Hajj, resulting in widespread injury and death, most recently in September, 2015 when 700 people died in a stampeding event. 

 

At Travelsafe we will review your health history and vaccine records and provide the appropriate recommendations for a safe and healthy trip to the Hajj.

 

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