Hajj and Umrah 2022 Vaccination Requirements
Hajj and Umrah 2022 Vaccine Requirements
And the Saudi Ministry of Health established several vaccine requirements for visitors to obtain an Entry Visa for Hajj and Umrah in 2022. And the Government approved certain COVID-19 vaccines when visiting The Kingdom.
As of February 3, 2022, the Kingdom's Ministry of Interior confirmed 'it is mandatory for citizens wishing to travel outside the Kingdom to take the (third) booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for those who have spent three months since receiving a second dose, except for age groups who are less than (16) years old, or groups as indicated in the Tawakkalna app.
On April 26, 2022, the Ministry of Health announced giving the second booster dose to people aged 50 years and over after eight months of taking the first COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.
And the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia digitally confirmed that non-recipients of a COVID-19 vaccine are allowed to perform Umrah under two conditions: they are not infected with coronavirus or have not been in contact with someone infected with the SARS-CoV-2. And as of March 27, 2022, media reported that Saudi Arabia would allow COVID-19 vaccinated adult women to perform the Umrah pilgrimage in 2022 without a male guardian (mahram) because they are part of a group.
Hajj and Umrah Vaccination Requirements For 2022
As of April 23, 2022, the official spokesperson of the Makkah Health Department, Hamad bin Faihan, said that the department is implementing an integrated plan to provide health care for Umrah performers.
The Hajj and Umrah 2022 health regulations and vaccination requirements include the following vaccines:
COVID-19: Saudi Arabia recognizes the World Health Organization listed ten COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine information is available at the Unified Portal for External Hajj 2022 link. Saudi Arabia indicates the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (SpikeVax), AstraZeneca, Covishield, SK Bioscience, Vaxzevria, Jansen (Johnson & Johnson), and the Sputnik V vaccines meet fully-vaccinated travel requirements. However, those vaccinated with two doses of Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Covaxin vaccines have additional requirements upon arrival.
Yellow Fever: Following the International Health Regulations 2005, all travelers arriving from countries or areas at risk of yellow fever must present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate showing that the person was vaccinated at least ten days and ten years before arrival border. In case of the absence of such a certificate, the individual will be placed under strict surveillance for six days from the date of vaccination or the last date of potential exposure to infection, whichever is earlier.
Meningococcal Meningitis: Visitors arriving for Umrah, Hajj, or seasonal work must submit a vaccination certificate with the quadrivalent (ACYW135) vaccine against meningitis issued no more than three years and no less than ten days before arrival in Saudi Arabia. The BMC journal published a study in March 2022: Disease transmission and mass gatherings: a case study on meningococcal infection during Hajj.
Polio: All visitors from polio-endemic countries and re-established transmission countries should receive one dose of oral polio vaccine (regardless of age and vaccination status). Proof of polio vaccination at least six weeks before departure is required for visitors from polio-endemic and re-established transmission countries to apply for an entry visa for Saudi Arabia, and travelers will also receive one dose of OPV at border points on arrival in Saudi Arabia. The exact requirements are valid for travelers from recently endemic countries at high risk of re-importation of poliovirus. In addition, irrespective of previous immunization history, all visitors under 15 years arriving in Saudi Arabia will also receive one dose of OPV at border points.
Flu Shot: The Saudi Ministry of Health recommends that international pilgrims be vaccinated against seasonal influenza before arrival in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, particularly those at increased risk of severe influenza diseases, including pregnant women, children under five years, the elderly, and individuals with underlying health conditions such as HIV/AIDS, asthma, and chronic heart or lung diseases. In Saudi Arabia, seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for internal pilgrims, particularly those at risk described above, and all healthcare workers on the Hajj premises.
General Precautions: Updating immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases in all pilgrims is recommended. These usually include diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, and mumps) and those needed for the specific travel. Pilgrims planning further travel before or after Hajj or Umrah to malaria-risk areas in KSA or Asia, Africa, and Latin America, should seek advice about malaria prevention. And pilgrims are advised to take necessary measures to avoid mosquito bites. This will help protect against vector-borne diseases, such as dengue.
Hajj and Umrah Apps for 2022
The Saudi government announced various e-Services available through the online platform Muqeem: extending exit/re-entry visas for residents outside the Kingdom and renewing iqamas for residents outside the Kingdom. In addition, the General Authority of Civil Aviation clarified COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement.
Additionally, the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) developed the Tawakkalna App to support the government's efforts to counter the Covid-19 pandemic. The Tawakkalna App facilitates the issuance of movement permits electronically during the curfew period for government and private sector employees and individuals in cooperation with the MOH and all relevant authorities. And the Eatmarna app enables pilgrims to plan their trips and contributes to accelerating the procedures for issuing Hajj and Umrah visas. Learn about the Saudi Visa Bio app.
Hajj and Umrah Visa
The Kingdom welcomes all Muslims from all countries of the world, and no country is exempted from performing Hajj, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced during an interview with Al-Arabariya on April 10, 2022. Usually one of the world’s largest religious gatherings, about 2.5 million people participated in 2019. Saudi Arabia confirmed it would permit one million Muslims from inside and outside the country to participate in Hajj 2022.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has set Shawwal 30, the current Islamic month that follows the holy month of Ramadan and corresponds to May 31 in the Gregorian calendar, as the deadline for overseas Muslims to perform Umrah, reported local media on May 8, 2022.
Each applicant for a Hajj visa must apply through a licensed travel agency, which must present the Consulate with copies of "Accommodation Contacts" and a letter from the Ministry of Hajj in Saudi Arabia confirming that the travel agency has duly completed all requirements to qualify to assist pilgrims. The applicant must have a passport with a validity of at least six (6) months and be acceptable for entry to Saudi Arabia and the next destination.
Authorities announced on April 6, 2022, that all persons who hold a valid Schengen visa would be allowed to perform umrah without being required to obtain a Saudi Arabia visa beforehand. And that those with valid U.S. or U.K. visas can also enter under the same facilitated rules.
Grand Holy Mosque Gates For Worshippers Entry and Exit
As of April 14, 2022, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Holy Mosque and Prophet’s Holy Mosque allocated 61 gates for the entry and exit of worshippers, including 17 at the third Saudi expansion, 23 at the King Fahd expansion, seven at the Al-Masaa area and thee gate of Ajyad bridge, in addition to allocating four gates for emergency services, and 10 for services, where 330 employees participate in organizing the entry and exit of worshippers through certain gates to ensure the flexibility and flow of movement. Also, 35 praying areas for men and 30 for women were prepared at the second Saudi expansion, and prepared several routes allocated to guide the visitors of the Grand Holy Mosque to ensure a flexible movement of crowds.
Hajj and Umrah Travel Information
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah confirmed on April 26, 2022; it fined ten Umrah companies $13,000 (Fifty thousand riyals) each for failing to provide adequate services to pilgrims. The companies were fined for negligence, breach of duties, and failure to fulfill their obligations to pilgrims regarding transportation and housing.
The U.S. Department of State stated on March 5, 2022, the Kingdom lifted the suspension of direct flights and arrival to Saudi Arabia from the following countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, United Republic of Comoros, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Afghanistan. And those who wish to travel to Saudi Arabia to visit Medina, Hajj, or perform Umrah should review the U.S. CDC's recommendations. If you travel to Saudi Arabia, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel, says the CDC.
The U.S. Mission in the Kingdom offers additional vaccination information. The Embassy of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the U.S. is located at 601 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037. The U.K. offers various Saudi Arabia travel information, as does Canada.
Ministry Of Hajj and Umrah Vision
The ritual of Hajj and Umrah and visiting the Masjid Al-Nabwi is to be codified with much ease and convenience in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility so that the pleasant and contented memories will be deeply remembered by the pilgrims, Umra performers, and visitors acting as an ambassador to the world by giving a positive image of the services offered by the Kingdom.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah launched the Umrah weekly indicator at the beginning of Hijri year 1440. Hajj 2022 is scheduled for July 7th to 12th, 2022. The Umrah pilgrimage can be undertaken at any time of the year and attracts millions worldwide. The List of Regulations of the Services Provided for the Mu'tamirs (Umrah performers) was issued in 1420H by virtue of the Council of Ministers Resolution No. 93, dated 10/6/1420H. It consists of 14 articles.
When is Ramadan 2022?
According to media sources, the first day of fasting for the holy month of Ramadan is likely to be Saturday, April 2, 2022. Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon. Ramadan begins 10–12 days earlier each year, allowing it to fall in every season throughout a 33-year cycle.
COVID-19 Related Restrictions
As of March 5, 2022, Saudi Arabia modified COVID-19 restrictions within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, such as visitors to the Kingdom are no longer required to provide a PCR or rapid antigen test upon arrival; travelers are no longer required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 quarantine upon arrival to the Kingdom; outdoor mask and social distancing mandates were lifted; social distancing at the Two Holy Mosques and all mosques in the Kingdom is no longer required; mask-wearing is still needed indoors.
Hajj and Umrah Vaccine News For 2022
May 21, 2022 - SPA reported as many as 800,000 Umrah performers and visitors have benefited from the program of answering the questioners, overseen by The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, represented by the General Administration for Guidance Affairs, in addition to receiving nearly 600,000 calls, since the beginning of 2022.
April 21, 2022 - East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa urged prospective Hajj pilgrims to get 'fully vaccinated.'
May 17, 2022 - The Indonesian government confirmed it is ready to serve Hajj pilgrims departing for the Holy Land in 1443 H/2022 AD, with provisions of the COVID-19 vaccine obligation. Saudi Arabia has set Indonesia's Hajj quota in 2022 to only 100,051 people.
May 13, 2022 - The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore successfully processed all 407 places granted to Singapore pilgrims to perform the haj this year, reported local media.
May 8, 2022 - Pakistan's Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has established a dedicated Hajj helpline for prompt registration, guidance, and resolution of the complaints of intending pilgrims of Hajj 2022 by contacting 051-9216980; 051-9216981; 051-9216982; 051-9205696.
May 1, 2022 - The Guidance Management System affiliated with the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque is broadcasting awareness and guidance messages around the clock, via 88 electronic screens inside the Grand Mosque and the surrounding squares to guide and educate Umrah performers and worshipers.
April 22, 2022 - The Minister of Health, Fahd bin Abdurrahman Al-Jalajil, affirmed that the health status of Umrah performers and visitors in Makkah is reassuring as no epidemic outbreaks, diseases, or events threatening public health have so far been recorded among them.
April 20, 2022 - The WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region reported almost 21.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and almost 342,000 deaths. Compared to last week, this week saw a 21% decrease in the number of newly reported cases. About 42% of the Region’s population is fully vaccinated, 8% are partially vaccinated, and 9% are booster vaccinated. Only 5 of 22 countries across the Region have met the global goal of vaccinating 70% of the population in every country.
April 14, 2022 - SPA reported King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and the US Embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today signed a protocol amending and extending a scientific and technological cooperation agreement between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the U.S. that contributes to improving the research, development, and innovation sector and realizing the Saudi Vision 2030.
April 10, 2022 - SPA reported the employees at King Fahd Causeway’s Passports completed the departure and arrival measures for travelers between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain during the Ramadan Iftar time amid applying regular and audit procedures.
April 7, 2022 - The number of Umrah performers recently arriving in the Kingdom has reached 895,499 for the Umrah season 1443 AH, according to a report published by the Agency of Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for Visiting Affairs in Madinah.
April 4, 2022 - The SPA reported that security personnel of the Special Forces for the Security of the Holy Mosque offered distinguished efforts and humanitarian services to serve the Umrah performers and visitors of the Grand Mosque during the performance of their rituals. And the Assistant General President for the Affairs of the Prophet’s Mosque, Dr. Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Khudairi, stressed that the General Presidency harnesses all services that are in the interest of visitors and worshipers and is keen to provide all means that would facilitate carrying out the rituals by visitors and pilgrims with ease and comfort, in collaboration with government agencies involved in providing services at the Prophet’s Mosque.
March 26, 2022 - The Gulf News reported that residents from inside the Kingdom and Saudi citizens, who had not performed Hajj during the last five years, can register for this year's Hajj.
March 22, 2022 - Local media reported that The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced the return of Itikaf in the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah during the upcoming holy month of Ramzan.
March 22, 2022 - SPA reported The Presidency also resumed iftar banquets inside the Grand Holy Mosque with 2,000 banquets that will be held according to certain constraints and conditions, where applicants to hold banquets and those responsible for them can access e-services at the presidency website and receive a license to offer the service.
March 22, 2022 - SPA reported the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet's Holy Mosque has identified the locations for worshippers at the third Saudi expansion with all its floors, King Fahd expansion with all its floors, and all yards of the Grand Holy Mosque. And urged worshipers to commit to wearing masks, where the presidency was keen to allocate special locations for Umrah performers to perform rituals of Tawaf (circumambulation) and the two Sunnah prostrations by assigning the Tawaf area and the ground floor for performers of Tawaf, and circumambulation basement, ground floor and the first floor for performing the two circumambulation prostrations. The general presidency also allocated three main gates for the entry, exit, and organizing crowds: King Abdulaziz Gate, King Fahd Gate, Al-Salam Gate. It also allocated 144 doors for the entry of worshippers and three bridges: Ajyad Bridge, Al-Shabikah Bridge, and Al-Marwah Bridge.
March 19, 2022 - Local media reported the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently witnessed some developments and updates announced by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, in the implementation of the decision to lift the precautionary measures in the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque.
March 10, 2022 - It has been announced that the Maqam e Ibrahim will be accessible again to visitors.
March 10, 2022 - Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah, inaugurated Wednesday the 21st Scientific Forum for Hajj, Umrah, and Visit Research and the accompanying exhibition.
March 8, 2022 - The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet's Holy Mosque provided interpreters inside the Grand Holy Mosque after lifting precautionary procedures inside the Grand Holy Mosque.
March 6, 2022 - The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced permits for the prophet's visit and praying in the Grand Mosque are canceled. The ministry stated that this comes according to the concerned authorities' feedback, and given the progress in immunizing the community and bringing down the number of COVID-19 cases. The Grand Mosque is now open without permits, just like the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah. Furthermore, the Ministry affirmed that permits for performing Umrah and praying in the Noble Rawdah are still required via Eatmarna or Tawakkalna.
March 4, 2022 - The SPA reported the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's registration of 363 new COVID-19 cases and 559 recoveries in the past 24 hours. And the Ministry of Health announced one new death, bringing the fatalities tally in the country to 9005.
February 27, 2022 - SPA reported the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced the registration of 632 new COVID-19 cases and 995 recoveries in the past 24 hours. And the Ministry of Health also announced two new deaths, bringing the fatalities tally in the country to 8,996. The ministry's statistics showed that the total number of infections in Saudi Arabia reached 744,374, while the recovery tally rose to 722,468.
February 25, 2022 - Arab News reported Hajjathon 2022 - "Digital Transformation in the Hajj, Umrah and Visit System" - is part of a series of events accompanying the 21st Scientific Forum for Hajj, Umrah, and Visit Research under the patronage of King Salman. Dr. Turki Al-Amr, dean of the institute, told Arab News that Hajjathon is a tech competition that brings together software and business developers and entrepreneurs with the aim of coming up with the best technical solutions to improve services during the Hajj and Umrah seasons.
February 20, 2022 - The General Authority of Civil Aviation revealed the total number of complaints lodged by travelers on air carriers during the month of January 2022 amounted to (447). The index shows Saudi Arabian Airlines as the least airline company with (8) complaints per 100,000 passengers and a timely complaint processing rate of 99%.
February 15, 2022 - The President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Duailej inaugurated the annual security audit program for the year 2022, starting from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. During his visit, the President was briefed on the mechanism of the security inspection work at the security checkpoint that workers go through and the procedures that are taken in accordance with the application of the best international standards.
February 11, 2022 - SPA reported in implementation of the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the General Directorate of Passports has started to extend the validity of the final exit visas which expired from 9/12/2021 to 7/2/2022 for the residents of the Moroccan nationality until 14/2/2022. The extension will be electronically carried out in cooperation with the National Information Centre without visiting the departments of passports or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's missions abroad. With Morocco recently reopening its airspace on Feb 7, 2022, Moroccans wishing to perform Umrah or Hajj must respect the updated travel requirements introduced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
February 10, 2022 - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health confirmed the registration of 2,866 new COVID-19 cases and 3,379 recoveries in the past 24 hours. The Ministry stated that the number of critical cases reached 1,052.
February 9, 2022 - The SPA reported the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received a telephone call from President Joseph R. Biden of the U.S. During the call, the two leaders reaffirmed the historic and strategic partnership between the Kingdom and the United States, and the need to solidify and strengthen cooperation to promote both countries' interests, and achieve stability in the region and the world.
February 7, 2022 - Local media reported the Supreme Council of the Muslim World League stated at the conclusion of its 45th session it is highly appreciated the efforts of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, which call for the unity of the Islamic conscience and spreading cooperation and solidarity among Muslims. The Supreme Council also praised the Kingdom's ongoing projects in expanding the Two Holy Mosques, developing their architecture, serving the holy sites, and providing the best services for pilgrims and Umrah performers, out of its belief in the great responsibility and honor granted to the Kingdom and its leaders.
February 6, 2022 - The Saudi Press Agency reported Assistant Minister of Health and Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Health Dr. Mohammed Al-Abdulaali stressed during a press conference held today reported that the number of vaccine doses given in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reached more than 58 million, where the number of immunized people with two doses exceeded 23.7 million people. These measures led to the current disease decrease witnessed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
February 3, 2022 - The Ministry of Interior announced all arrivals to the Kingdom, including citizens, regardless of their immunization status, are required to submit an approved negative PCR test or negative COVID-19 Antigen Test issued within (48) hours from the date of departure to or entry into the Kingdom, except for those under eight years old, taking into account the regulations of countries of origin related to cases with Covid-19 infection analysis procedures for children. And, citizens who show they were infected with coronavirus are allowed to enter the Kingdom without a PCR test, as per these requirements.
January 29, 2022 - Gulf News reported Saudi authorities have ruled out extending Umrah visas issued for overseas Muslims, saying it is valid for a 30-day stay in the Kingdom. The Umrah visa allows its holder to freely move between Mecca, Medina, and other cities during its validity period. In addition, based on the 10-day interval for repeating Umrah, overseas Muslims could undertake the rituals three times during their 30-day stay.
January 29, 2022 - Malaysia's Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture confirmed a new standard operating procedure (SOP) for umrah travel has been refined with the Ministry of Health and the National Disaster Management Agency and would be brought to a quartet meeting for approval. The SOP ensures pilgrims are fully vaccinated and making compulsory for pilgrims to take the booster vaccinations.
January 25, 2022 - Malaysia Health Ministry Tweeted that there are no travel restrictions on children aged five to 11 who do not get the Comirnaty mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Minister Khairy Jamaluddin explained, "Register your children in MySJ (MySejahtera).
January 24, 2022 - TheHindu reported among the new norms for Haj 2022, besides compulsory double dose vaccination and age limit, is the reduction of Indian embarkation points from 21 to 10 cities. And India's government's 40-day package tour costs around ₹3,70,000.
January 20, 2022 - The Indonesia Ministry of Religious Affairs will prepare the Bekasi Hajj Dormitory as an alternative site where Umrah pilgrims can undergo quarantine upon their return.
January 19, 2022 - Local media reported the Malaysian Health Ministry and the Tourism, Arts, and Culture Ministry would finalize their risk assessment and standard operating procedures for Malaysians intending to travel for umrah 2022.
January 17, 2022 - Indonesia's Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas confirmed the government would not stop the departure of Umrah pilgrims that had embarked since January 8, 2022. However, the Ministry will terminate the One Gate Policy regulation.
January 15, 2022 - The Religious Affairs Ministry has suspended the departures of Umrah pilgrims to give authorities time to evaluate the One Gate Policy scheme and monitor the Omicron variant transmission in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
January 11, 2022 - Pilgrims wishing to modify the schedules of their permits, allowing them to undertake Umrah, are urged to do this before their permits take effect, a Saudi newspaper reported. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has ruled out changes in the Umrah permits after their specified timings come into effect, according to Okaz.
January 8, 2022 - Pakistan media reported the Kingdom's Interior Ministry confirmed people entering Mina, Muzdalaf, and Arfat without a permit will be fined 15,000 Saudi Riyals, while individuals and companies transporting pilgrims without permits will face a fine of 50,000 Riyals. In 2021, Saudi Arabia arrested several people for attempting to perform Hajj without a permit.
January 1, 2022 - The Strait Times reported Umrah pilgrimages for Malaysians would be temporarily suspended beginning Jan. 8, 2022, while returning pilgrims will be subject to mandatory quarantine at designated centers from Jan. 3, 2022.Hajj and Umrah Overview.