Prepare for a healthy Hajj or Umrah trip

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Prepare for a healthy Hajj or Umrah trip

Hajj is the largest annual gathering in the world. Almost three million Muslims attend this spiritual pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Umrah, a similar pilgrimage, can also be very crowded with pilgrims arriving in Mecca from all corners of the world throughout the year.

A large number of people attend these spiritual gatherings which can increase your risk of getting sick and/or being injured.

While the risk for most travellers is very low, you can take these steps to ensure that you stay healthy during Hajj or Umrah:

 When you return to Canada:

See a health care provider if you develop symptoms such as a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath within 14 days after your return and tell them where you have travelled.

Tell a border services officer if you develop symptoms as described above upon arrival into Canada.

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