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Travel and health advice for Hajj pilgrims

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office issues advice for British pilgrims attending the Hajj.

Hajj pilgrimage

Thousands of British Muslims expected to attend this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is urging those travelling to Saudi Arabia to be fully prepared and follow up-to-date travel advice before departing.

The FCO have produced a digital Hajj travel leaflet (JPEG, 566KB) for pilgrims, which includes useful tips and advice, and information on how the FCO can assist if things go wrong. We will be sharing this information on Twitter using #HajiUK.

Barrie Peach, HM Consul-General in Jeddah, said:

We welcome all British nationals performing Hajj. Many thousands of British Muslims complete this annual pilgrimage every year. Whilst the vast majority of pilgrims do not experience any difficulties, we recommend that all pilgrims plan ahead before departing to ensure a safe and trouble free Hajj.

We advise all British pilgrims to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel advice and the requirements set out by the Saudi government.

We will be providing consular assistance and advice as necessary to British pilgrims. Consular staff can be contacted on a 24-hour helpline in the case of emergencies on 00 966 501 00 4268. We wish you a fulfilling and peaceful Hajj. Hajj Mabrour!

In addition to the requirements from the Saudi government, the FCO recommends that all pilgrims use the following checklist to help plan their trip:

  • keep up-to-date with the FCO travel advice for Saudi Arabia
  • travel with a reputable tour operator – book your tickets through an ATOL registered tour operator to avoid unnecessary difficulties or fraud; for more information visit ATOL. Have contact details for your tour operator in the UK and their representatives in Makkah
  • get comprehensive travel insurance and ensure it covers all aspects of your journey
  • check the health requirements and take precautionary steps as necessary, such as vaccinations; for further information visit Travel Health Pro. If you require medication check that you have adequate quantities
  • check your passport and visas are valid – do you need a visa, or to renew an existing one?
  • take copies of your passport and travel documents. Take a copy of your passport with you and store it online using a secure storage site, and leave copies with family and friends, along with your itinerary and contact details
  • research the local laws and customs – more information can be found in the FCO travel advice for Saudi Arabia
  • pack suitable footwear as you may have to walk long distances, and make sure you have all the necessary clothing and items as advised by your Hajj tour operator
  • consular staff can be contacted on a 24-hour helpline in the case of emergencies during the Hajj, on: 00 966 501 00 4268

More information

You can keep up-to-date with the latest FCO travel advice by following FCO Travel advice updates on Facebook and Twitter and also British Embassy Riyadh on Twitter.

For further information please contact the ‘Know Before You Go’ team on 020 7781 2342 or FCOTeam@consolidatedpr.com.

Published 1 September 2015
Last updated 25 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. updated with latest information including a link to Saudi government guidance
  2. updated the attachments for Hajj2018
  3. First published.