All pilgrims are compelled to be ready for the first Umrah pilgrimage after two years of hiatus. They must meet all requirements in order to conduct the Umrah, and here we have compiled all the details about the Umrah vaccine as one of the most crucial aspects of the Umrah preparation.
Umrah 2022 vaccination requirements
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that a full vaccination of COVID-19 with one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines is a requirement for all pilgrims who participate in Umrah this year. Below is the list of the approved COVID-19 vaccines in Saudi Arabia:
- Pfizer/BioNTech. 2 doses
- Oxford/AstraZeneca: 2 doses
- Janssen. 2 doses
- Moderna. 2 doses
- Sinopharm. 2 doses
- Sinovac. 2 doses
- Covaxin. 2 doses
- Sputnik V. 2 doses
- Nuvaxovid. 2 doses
- Covovax. 2 doses
Source: Approved Vaccines (moh.gov.sa)
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has confirmed that pilgrims from abroad who wish to perform Umrah are not required a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) for their entry into Saudi Arabia.
According to the International Health Regulations 2005, all travellers 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. Below is the list of the yellow fever risk countries:
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Equatorial Guinea
- Sierra Leone
- South Sudan
- Visitors arriving for Umrah, Hajj, or seasonal work must submit a vaccination certificate from Uganda
Central and South America
- French Guiana
- Trinidad and Tobago
All Umrah pilgrims are required to submit a valid vaccination certificate with a quadrivalent (ACYW) meningococcal vaccine received at least 10 days prior to the planned arrival to Umrah areas.
Vaccination with ONE of the following vaccines is acceptable:
- Quadrivalent (ACYW) polysaccharide vaccine within the last 3 years.
- Quadrivalent (ACYW) conjugate vaccine within the last 5 years.
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 travellers will also receive one dose of OPV at border points on arrival in Saudi Arabia.
The exact requirements are valid for travellers 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.
Below is the list of polio-endemic countries:
- United Arab Emirates
- Republic of the Congo
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.
Umrah 2022 news
The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that the Umrah visa, which was previously limited to 30 days, will now be extended to up to 90 days.
Umrah pilgrims can now travel within the kingdom for 90 days. Pilgrims do not need another tourist visa to travel across the kingdom and can easily travel by train, bus, or car between Makkah and Madinah, or any other city in the kingdom, during their stay.
To find out how you can apply for the Umrah visa from your country of residence, please refer to our dedicated article below.