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
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 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:
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