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The UAE’s health ministry has launched a set of health guidelines and an awareness campaign to ensure the safety of Hajj pilgrims this year. Emiratis undertaking the Hajj pilgrim this year will also need to isolate themselves for seven days and take a COVID-19 test on their return.

Amid the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the globe and the forthcoming Eid Al Adha break, UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced a few health and safety guidelines for citizens who will be undertaking the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi.

All UAE Hajj pilgrims must submit a pre-departure COVID-19 negative PCR test before travelling to Saudi Arabia. In addition, they must also have had their COVID-19 vaccines along with a booster dose. Travellers must ensure that they have these health documents linked to their Al Hosn app and must also have a green pass to travel. Pilgrims can also check their health status and download the Hajj Pass via the Al Hosn app.

The MoHAP has launched a health and safety awareness campaign across its social media platforms that go by the theme ‘Your safety is priority’ for Hajj pilgrims. The campaign provides pilgrims with information on all health instructions and guidelines that should be followed while travelling to the KSA for the Hajj season.

A crew of medical experts have been deployed at airports in the UAE to assist Hajj pilgrims with health guidelines and instructions that should be followed before travelling to Saudi Arabia. Pilgrims will be provided free COVID-19 tests, and the health team will ensure they have received the required vaccine doses before leaving the country.

UAE government authorities have advised returning Hajj pilgrims to mandatorily take a PCR test on the fourth day of arrival and avoid going out in public for the first 7 days after arriving back in the country.

Saudi authorities have stated that pilgrims who are under 65 years, fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and can present a COVID-19 negative PCR test result are eligible for the Hajj pilgrimage.
For more details, please refer to our Hajj guide for pilgrims from the UAE.

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