Health & Safety Tips- Hajj/Umrah
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Before embarking on your holy journey to Makkah, there are a few safety and security measures every Muslim pilgrim must consider. Since pilgrims gather from every corner of the globe, there are possibilities of contagious diseases. Therefore, some vital safety tips need to be followed to avoid any odd and unwanted situation.

Prevention is always Better…

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We do not hide the fact that there are possibilities of injuries and health-related issues during Hajj and Umrah tour. Most likely, people get injured while travelling, walking up the mountains, performing Tawaf at midday or Stoning at Jamarat. At other times, one might fall sick while being around many people or during performing rituals. Heat is another factor that one should not ignore. For example, upon reaching the airport, you might have to wait for long hours in the scorching climate or even travel from one place to the other in the heat during Hajj. During such times, you can benefit from several facilities and drink plenty of liquids.

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 Avoid being Robbed off…

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Pickpocketing is another thing that is on the rise in Makkah during Umrah and Hajj tours. Therefore, it is important for pilgrims to sense safety measures rather than blaming each other.

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Carry limited Cash and other things…

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As it is important to obtain a Hajj visa in order to enter Saudi Arabia, it is equally important to know what to carry and how much to carry. Use a tiny waist bag where you can keep your money, cell phone, xerox copies of the passport, a small Quran, and other necessary items. Do not carry things in bulk and try not to convert all your currency to avoid the risk of loss during your tour. Keep your cell phone battery full; keep it handy to be in touch with your family members. During your Hajj/Umrah travel, we recommend you to carry a small and low-cost mobile phone instead of the expensive ones.

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Wear your ID

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If you have gone through your Hajj guide or attended such seminars, you must have heard that one should constantly wear their ID Card, carry travel information and an emergency number where relatives and family members can be contacted.

Back-up of important Docs…

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Before you leave for Hajj or Umrah, keep a back-up of your documents; either email or store them in Google Drive for retrieval in case you lose them. Hajj is crowded so one needs to stay calm, cool and focused on the greater work. Just follow the rules of the group and stay close and alert.

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Avoid the Sun…

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On your trip to Saudi Arabia, try to avoid any exposure to the sun so that you do not have to suffer from dehydration, which can affect your religious activities. Keep small and light-colored umbrellas handy. Get sufficient sleep before your next activity.

Hajj and Umrah require physical activities, so keep your stamina high. Avoid junk food and aerated drinks. Eat healthily and consume a lot of water before and after activities, especially during running between Safa Marwa mountains.

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Carry Medication…

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Pilgrims with chronic diseases should consult a doctor before travelling. Also, carry the required medication and take them on time. Carry the wrist strap with your name, disease, age, treatment undertaken etc.

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Get yourself Vaccinated…

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As instructed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you would require several vaccines before beginning the journey. If you are travelling from the UK, you will definitely need vaccination against Meningococcal Meningitis. Passengers above the age of two, embarking on the Umrah pilgrimage, are required to produce a certificate of vaccination otherwise their visas will not be issued.

Anyone visiting Makkah from a country other than the UK, other vaccinations are also required. If any pilgrim is coming from a country falling under the category of Yellow Fever listed by WHO, the pilgrim needs to carry a yellow fever certificate with him. If you are visiting from a place with high intensity of Poliovirus, you will require a Polio vaccine. This goes for everyone, whether you are infected or not.

Above all, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia advises that pilgrims must undertake all the common immunizations needed (i.e. five doses of the tetanus vaccine and five doses of the polio vaccine). If it has been more than 10 years since you took the last dose for polio, you will need to get a fresh dosage of booster vaccine.

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