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Ensuring a safer Hajj for pilgrims

Here are some preventive measures required by the Ministry of Health tor pilgrims:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required from all travelers coming from recognized yellow fever zones.
All pilgrims are required to show a valid certificate of vaccination against meningococcal meningitis. The certificate is valid for three years, beginning 10 days after the vaccination. Children aged 3 months to 2 years should receive A vaccine in two doses, one to two months apart. Pilgrims entering the Kingdom within 10 days of vaccination should receive as prophylactic treatment:
  • Adults: 500 mg ciprofloxacin (one dose) or 300 mg rifampicin twice daily for two days
  • Children: 10 mg/kg rifampicin (over 1 month of age), 5 mg/kg rifampicin (under I month)
  • Pregnant women: 250 mg ceftriaxone 1M
All personnel deputed to work during Hajj must be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis.
Foodstuffs carried by travelers, including pilgrims, are not permitted into the Kingdom, with the exception of small quantities for use by road travelers. Such items must be kept in clean, easy-to-open containers for inspection by health authorities.