1998 News Story

Health minister issues pilgrimage directives

The Ministry of Health has specified the health conditions for pilgrims coming for the pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah during the current Hijrah year of 1419 [April 1998 to April 1999]. Pilgrims from areas where yellow fever is endemic must produce a vaccination certificate that is in accordance with international health regulations. Those who fail to do so will be vaccinated on arrival, and placed under strict quarantine for six days from the date of vaccination. All aircraft and other transportation means coming from yellow fever areas must produce a certificate showing complete fumigation to destroy all insects aboard.
In addition, all pilgrims, as well as seasonal workers, must produce on arrival in the Kingdom a meningitis certificate showing that the holder was vaccinated at least ten days beforehand. If the information in the certificate is in doubt, the holder will be vaccinated on the spot.
As for foodstuffs, no pilgrim is allowed to bring any into the Kingdom; foodstuffs brought in for trade purposes will be treated according to the current regulations.