14 August 2018 – Dubai, International SOS and Control Risks, the world’s leading medical and security risk experts, provide advice on how to have a healthy Hajj in Saudi Arabia, as well as important tips for business travellers to the region during the pilgrimage this month.
Close to 3 million foreign and domestic pilgrims are expected to perform their religious duties in Mecca, Mina, Arafat & Muzdalifah between Sunday 19 August and Friday 24 August, with many also travelling to Medina in the weeks before and after the pilgrimage. Hundreds of thousands of travellers will have already arrived in Saudi Arabia, and local authorities and transportation hubs have been preparing for the busy period ahead.
International SOS top 15 travel advice tips during Hajj:
- Expect heightened security at transport hubs and increased congestion on certain overland travel routes.
- Consider ways to avoid congestion and heavily populated areas by reviewing transportation options. Further, pilgrims should confirm with their Hajj operator on the most appropriate times to perform the Hajj-specific rituals on the appropriate days.
- Monitor the news and follow official security advisories.
- Save emergency contacts on your mobile phone and make sure it is charged (police, ambulance, embassy, Line