Hajj 2021 / 1442 Latest Updates

Wed 24th Mar 2021|General

Hajj 2021 / 1442 Latest Updates

We would like to share some of the recently announced updates regarding Hajj 2021.

Although we are still waiting to hear from the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the information below is important in preparation.

 

Hajj 2021 Update 

  • Saudi Ministry of Health circular
  • Getting vaccinated
  • Saudi Ministry of Hajj & Umrah statement
  • What does all this mean for me?

Saudi Ministry of Health Circular

The Saudi Ministry of Health has published some information, which, Alhamdulillah, suggests pilgrims outside of Saudi Arabia will be able to perform Hajj this year InshAllah, albeit with restrictions and specific criteria, including:

i. Pilgrims must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and not be prone to become easily infected.

ii. Pilgrims must have had both doses of a WHO-approved COVID-19 Vaccine.
iii. The second dose must have been administered at least 7 full days prior to arrival into Saudi Arabia.
For example, if your arrival date is 10 July you must ensure you have had your second dose by no later than 2 July.
iv. Pilgrims must complete a mandatory negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before arriving in Saudi Arabia.
v. Upon arrival, all pilgrims will undergo another PCR test and must quarantine in their hotel for a period of 72 hours until the test result.
vi. Health protocols will be in place during the period of stay in Saudi Arabia and must be strictly adhered to, including social distancing at all times, the wearing of masks, scheduled Hajj movements etc
vii. The requirement of the Meningitis ACWY vaccination still applies.

 

Getting vaccinated

For those intending to perform Hajj, we strongly advise having your vaccination as soon as possible.

For those over the age of 50 and/or who meet certain criteria, you are eligible for a first dose. Use the NHS booking service at the link below to arrange an appointment:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

For those under 50, it may also be possible to get vaccinated if you are living with someone elderly/vulnerable or who suffers from underlying medical conditions. Please contact your GP for advice.

Alternatively, several walk-in vaccination centres at mosques and community hubs can be searched online and contacted for advice.

 

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj & Umrah statement

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj & Umrah is yet to make an official statement and provide guidance on any Hajj-specific protocols. This may include information on country quota limits, hotel capacity, specific hygiene measures at the Hajj sites, advice to service providers etc

As soon as this information is released, we will be able to finalise the package prices and other details. We are confident that there will be enough capacity for all pilgrims who have retained their booking with us, InshAllah.

What does all this mean for me?

We ask you to remain patient and hopeful. This is a unique situation that is constantly evolving and can change at any time. We will keep you up to date as soon as anything is announced.

The information released by the Saudi Ministry of Health will affect some of our passengers. If you have any queries or would like to discuss your circumstances in more detail and the options available to you, please call us on 020 8962 6644

(open 10 am – 4 pm Mon to Fri) or alternatively, you can email us at hajj@dometours.com