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.
Travel Health Notice, Hajj and Umrah in 2018: Advice specific to health risks associated with travel to participate in Hajj or Umrah. https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/175
Saudi Arabia Travel Advice and Advisories page: The Government of Canada’s official source for destination-specific travel information, including: Safety & Security, Entry/Exit requirements, Health recommendations, laws and culture, natural disaster & climate, and Assistance. https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/saudi-arabia
- Public Health Agency of Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/publications/prepare-for-a-healthy-hajj-or-umrah-trip
- Public Health Agency of Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/publications/travelling-for-hajj-or-umrah-poster
- Public Health Agency of Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/175
- Public Health Agency of Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/saudi-arabia