In order to restrict the increase of contagious diseases, Health Minister Mohammed Alhayazie has advised the officials to make sure that all the necessary measures are taken at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah to check Umrah pilgrims.

Not just the health-check, the health minister is also looking forward to provide required health services to Umrah pilgrims. The director of health-monitoring center at KAIA presented the performance report to Mohammad Alhayazie.

In 2015, the expected number of pilgrims to arrive the Kingdom for Umrah is more than 6 million and this is as much as four times the number of pilgrims for Hajj.

During the last season of Hajj, the government of Saudi Arabia took effective steps to seize the outbreak of MERS and Ebola viruses. No one from the Ebola-hit country was allowed to enter the Kingdom.

Now, in order to obtain entry in the Kingdom, the intended pilgrims for Hajj and Umrah who are 2 years and older are supposed to provide a vaccine proof of AWC135Y (Meningococcal Meningitis). This has been made mandatory for Umrah visa as well.

A vaccination record book with traveler’s full name should have the record of AWC135Y vaccine administered to pilgrims not more than three years and not less than 10 days before their arrival in the Kingdom.

All the people coming from polio-endemic countries, and those where there have been outbreaks including Chad, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, irrespective of their vaccination status and age, should take one dose of oral polio inoculation.

Pilgrims arriving from countries that are at a risk of spread of yellow fever are needed to show an acceptable International Certificate of Prophylaxis, recording yellow fever immunization done according to the international health rules.

The ministry of health advises that international pilgrims be immunized against seasonal influenza prior to their arrival in the Kingdom, especially those at higher risk, including children less than 5 years of age, pregnant women, individuals with underlying health conditions and the elderly.