Flu vaccination now mandatory for UAE residents going for Umrah, Hajj

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The pilgrimage in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Flu vaccination now mandatory for UAE residents going for Umrah, Hajj starting March 26

Emiratis and expats in the UAE traveling to Saudi Arabia for Umrah and Hajj will need to have mandatory flu vaccination starting on Tuesday (March 26).

According to the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the required doses of vaccinations are important to safeguard pilgrims from infectious diseases.

The ministry added that flu vaccination cards will be mandatory for Umrah and Hajj travelers starting on March 26. The approved vaccination card can be obtained through the AlHosn app before traveling and must be presented at the UAE’s airports or sea ports.

According to the Ministry of Health and Prevention, individuals who received their flu vaccine within the past year do not need to get another one.

Pilgrims are urged to visit a health centre ahead of their flight and take vaccinations at least ten days before their travel date. Vaccinations are available in both government and private health centres.

Dr. Hussein Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary of Public Health Sector, said that making the flu vaccination mandatory for Umrah and Hajj pilgrims affirms the UAE’s commitment to public health and safety. ICA/Expat Media


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