Travelling for Hajj or Umrah?

Introducing The Muslim Council of Britain meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination package for pilgrims travelling for Hajj or Umrah.

Clinic Finder

Alternatively, speak to your mosque or Hajj Travel Agent

This awareness site has been developed by Novartis Vaccines*

Vaccination programme

Vaccination programme

A meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination is a mandatory visa requirement for those attending Hajj and recommended for those performing Umrah1,2

Why have the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) created this package?

  • To guide the Muslim community travelling for Hajj and Umrah to Muslim Council of Britain partner meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination clinics convenient to pilgrims
  • To reduce the overall cost of this vaccination for pilgrims travelling for Hajj and Umrah

Supported by:

Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board
Muslim Doctors and Dentists Association
The Council of European Jamaats
Muslim Council of Scotland


1. Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK. (accessed September 2013)

2. Ministry of Hajj. (accessed September 2013)

Where to get vaccinated?

Where to get vaccinated

To find out where you can get vaccinated, simply enter your postcode.

Where can I receive my vaccination locally?

  • Community vaccination clinics held in mosques and community centres
  • Participating GP practices
  • In more than 1,000 participating pharmacies, including The Co-Operative Pharmacy, Lloyds Pharmacy, Tesco Pharmacy and independent pharmacies across the UK

What do I need to do now?

Book an appointment now for your meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination at your nearest vaccination clinic. You will have a choice of venues but please ensure you book your appointment as soon as possible in order to secure your venue of choice.

General health advice

General health advice

Find out more about staying healthy during Hajj and Umrah.

General health and safety advice for travellers

Further advice available on health-related matters for Hajj and Umrah

Download this leaflet for more information about keeping healthy for Hajj and Umrah.

Other vaccinations recommended when travelling for Hajj and Umrah1

Use the Go Jabs fast online consultation to see if you should consider pre travel treatment.

The Go Jabs online travel health consultation tool and a nationwide network of trained partner pharmacists are easily at hand to provide anyone travelling abroad with a simple, comprehensive travel health advice service. But it doesn’t stop there. Go Jabs also gives travellers quick, convenient, local access to a full range of travel vaccines and anti-malarials, making them available at a time that suits the traveller and avoids a last minute rush – please visit


1. NaTHNaC. Travellers Travel Health Information Sheets. Advice for Pilgrims: Hajj and Umrah 1435 (2014), 22 September 2014 (accessed June 2015)

Watch Professor Gatrad's interview about preparing for Hajj on Noor TV

Additional health and safety websites which may be useful for pilgrims

Reporting an Adverse Event (side effect)

An adverse event (or side effect) is any unwanted medical occurrence in a patient who has been given a pharmaceutical product. This can be any unfavourable and unintended sign, symptom, or disease associated with the use of a product. This also includes any possible side effects that are not listed in the patient leaflet.

Always read the patient information leaflet, or instruction supplied with your medicine as it lists the known side effects or problems and advises you on what to do. If you get any side effect, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

All adverse events should be reported directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at and events associated with a Novartis Travel Vaccine product should also be reported to Novartis Vaccines using the relevant contact details below. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of these medicines.

Telephone: 01748 828 816

Or you can write to us at:

Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics
Frimley Business Park
GU16 7SR

Please be aware that Novartis Vaccines is unable to provide you with medical advice on any symptoms. If you are worried about your symptoms, or if they get worse please speak with your doctor or healthcare provider.

You can also call the NHS on:

NHS 111 in England and Scotland on 111 (textphone 18001 111)
NHS Direct Wales/Galw IECHYD Cymru on 0845 46 47 (textphone 0845 606 46 47)


The Muslim Council of Britain providing vaccination for the Muslim community in association with Novartis Vaccines*

* Now part of GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited


Please find your nearest MCB partner clinic below

Your nearest MCB partner vaccination clinics