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Health is the most important element of wealth, particularly when traveling for auspicious reasons. According to the comprehensive guideline released by the Kuwait Ministry of Health (MoH) titled “Health recommendations for travelers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj and Umrah during the season 1445 / 2024 (in Arabic),” the authorities have advocated for particular health requirements to be met by the individuals embarking on the Hajj to Saudi Arabia, Wego reports. 

In the upcoming Hajj and Umrah seasons, travelers must adhere to the health protocols laid down by both Saudi and Kuwaiti health authorities. 

Pilgrims are mandated to be vaccinated against the following diseases, approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health: 

  • COVID-19
  • meningitis (ACW135Y)
  • seasonal influenza 
  • streptococcus pneumoniae (Pneumococcal 13 Valent)

Saudi health authorities also advise pilgrims to maintain proper hygiene, wear masks in crowded areas, and use sanitizers to maintain the sanctity and minimize health risks during the Hajj.  

People who have physical limitations that could severely hinder their ability to perform the pilgrimage are advised to delay their journey. The same recommendation applies to children under five due to the risk of acute respiratory diseases.

Moreover, it is a prerequisite for all pilgrims to undergo a comprehensive medical examination and obtain a health certificate from authorized health officials in Kuwait. The health certificate must include detailed vaccination records and be officially stamped.

Any updates or changes have to be recertified by a doctor. The pilgrims’ health data is also recorded electronically to ensure consistency and easy accessibility.