KSA urges pilgrims with chronic diseases to postpone pilgrimage

April 6, 2014 9:34 am

The Saudi health ministry has introduced new quarantine measures for Haj and Umrah pilgrims who are coming from countries that have a high rate of infectious diseases, Arab News has reported. Under the new rules, vaccines should be given 10 days before pilgrims commence their journey. “We have also advised elderly pilgrims and others who suffer from chronic diseases such as cardiac conditions, diabetes, renal and respiratory maladies to postpone their pilgrimage,” said the ministry’s undersecretary, Ziad Al-Memish.