Travel Agents

How to Choose a Travel Agent Speak to friends and acquaintances who have been on Hajj or Umrah and find out which travel agency they used and the experience they had with it. The quality of service and the level of commitment to the welfare of pilgrims often vary significantly between travel agencies so you’ll…

Documents

We have provided a general list of documents that you will need to prepare prior to your journey. Please bear in mind that there may be some additional documentation required depending on the country you’re from, so double check these requirements with your travel agent. We also advise that you send off your documents well in…

Health & Medication

Being aware of what to expect and preparing for your trip sufficiently can effectively minimise your chances of falling ill during your journey. Common Illnesses and Health Risks in Saudi Arabia Heat Exhaustion Saudi Arabia has a desert climate which can get extremely hot during the day, with temperatures averaging about 45° C during the…

Vaccination

Due to the convergence of millions of pilgrims from all over the world, many of which are from low-income countries with minimal access to healthcare, the risk of infectious disease increases dramatically. The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) have therefore stipulated that mandatory vaccinations have to be carried out prior to Hajj and Umrah…

Ihram

Definition of Ihram The word Ihram is derived from the Arabic verb “Harama”, which means “to render something impermissible”. Its technical meaning is to make an intention for the pilgrimage and is generally understood to refer to a person who has prepared himself to carry out the rites of Hajj and Umrah. After having made the intention, the…

Clothing

Ihram Men must wear two pieces of white, unsewn, plain cloth as part of the Ihram – an Izar (waist-wrapper) and a Rida (covering for the upper body, like a shawl). It is also recommended that you take another set of Ihram clothing in case your Ihram becomes impure. Remember, you will be in the state of…

Checklist

Please also bear in mind that many of these items can be purchased from local shops in Makkah and Madinah so if you want to travel light, that option is available. Travel Essentials Passport including Visa Documentation The Hajj authorities will take your passport upon arrival in Saudi Arabia and will return it to you…