HAJJ & UMRAH – Meningitis ACWY immunisation

Hajj is the biggest annual pilgrimage in the world, taking place in Makkah Province in Saudi Arabia. Unlike Hajj, Umrah is a pilgrimage to Mecca that can take place at any time of the year. You can visit our services page at Manchester Pharmacy Hajj & Umrah immunisation for more detail’s regarding your vaccination’s.

During the 8th – 13th days of the Dhu al-HIjjah (the 12th month of the Islamic calendar), thousand’s upon thousands take the annual Hajj pilgrimage to mecca. The Hajj is one of the biggest annual pilgrimage’s in the world.

Whichever type of pilgrimage you are planning to make, there are a number of health regulation’s to follow that are published by the Saudi Arabia ministry of health. These recommendation’s for travellers contain all the vaccine requirement’s for you to enter the country. It’s important to educate yourself on updated guidelines.

Additionally, the Saudi (MoH) strongly recommends that the following people postpone their Hajj and Umrah in 2018, for their own safety.

Who should postpone?
  • The elderly (above 65 years of age).
  • Those with chronic diseases (heart disease, kidney disease, respiratory disease, diabetes).
  • Immune deficiency (congenital and acquired).
  • Those with malignant disease.
  • Those who are terminally ill.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Children (under 12 years).


There are a number of different vaccine’s you will need before taking a trip to Saudi Arabia. You can arrange for a consultation with one of our experts at Manchester pharmacy regarding your Hajj & Umrah immunisation.

If you’re coming from within the UK, then you will need the vaccine against Meningococcal meningitis ACWY. Anyone over the age of 2 making an Umrah or Hajj pilgrimage, or even anyone planning on a work trip to the Hajj area, you will need to bring a certificate of vaccination. You’ll have to bring one issued no longer than 3-5 years ago and no less than 10 days before the flight. If you’re coming from the UK, you wont even be able to get a visa for your trip unless you’ve got the certificate proving this while you apply.

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Updated regulations on hajj & umrah

It is being warned that traveller’s booking hajj or umrah pilgrimages could be scammed by unlicensed companies. The fake “pop-up” travel deals of the past have caused thousands of people to lose thousands of pounds.

It is a pilgrimage that is traditionally made by around 25,000 British Muslims each year. Travel to the sacred sites has been delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic for two years. The hajj is only available to residents within the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As a result the ministry of hajj and umrah has now announced that hajj 2022 will finally go ahead between July 7th and the 12th. Umrah pilgrimages are open to international travellers, with Hajj hosting one million pilgrims this year.

The civil aviation authority is urging travellers to check carefully and make sure their pilgrimage is not ruined by booking through a disreputable company. Therefore it would be beneficial to use a trustworthy company when travelling.


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