Hajj and Umrah is the Islamic pilgrimage. Umrah, the non-compulsory and smaller pilgrimage can be performed at any time of the year but may be more popular during the Islamic month of Ramadan. As a result of the large crowds and associated risks, anyone planning to perform the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage should be given appropriate health and travel advice.
In order to appropriately prepare for travel, pilgrims are urged to prepare in advance by checking for the most up-to-date health and travel information; this is available on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Ministry of Hajj Portal and KSA Ministry of Health (MOH) website. In addition, pharmacists can provide travel information from the TravelHealthPro Saudi Arabia Country Information page.
Performing Hajj and Umrah is physically demanding and involves walking long distances, often in hot weather. Anyone with underlying medical conditions should see their prescriber at least four-to-six weeks prior to travel to discuss their ability to perform Hajj or Umrah. Pilgrims taking prescribed medicines should ensure that they have a sufficient supply of their medicines to cover the duration of their stay and be advised to take a copy of their repeat prescription with them or a letter from the GP detailing their conditions and medications required.
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