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The Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced the health requirements and guidelines for the Hajj 2024 pilgrimage, and notably, there is no COVID-19 vaccination requirement for pilgrims this year. As per Wego’s reports, the SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) vaccine is now a recommended vaccine rather than a mandatory requirement.

Saudi authorities responsible for the Hajj pilgrimage have lifted significant restrictions for the 2024 pilgrimage season, allowing it to return to its maximum capacity for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2022, around 900,000 pilgrims performed Hajj after the Saudi authorities allowed limited numbers of foreign pilgrims.

According to the Ministry of Health’s document addressing the health requirements for the Hajj 2024 pilgrimage, the following vaccinations have been made mandatory.

  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Poliomyelitis, for states reporting cases of WPV1 or cVDPV1
  • Poliomyelitis, for states reporting cVDPV2-positive human samples
  • Yellow Fever, for countries or areas at risk 

Registrations for Hajj 2024 are ongoing in countries like Pakistan, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain etc. Please refer to our dedicated article for more details about Hajj 2024 registrations from various countries. 

Hajj Visa 2024: How to Apply for Visa to Perform the Pilgrimage?