Follow local media and be alert to local and regional developments, which might trigger public disturbances. See Political situation.
There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism
The British Embassy receives regular requests for help from pilgrims performing Hajj or Umrah, particularly in relation to disputes and dissatisfaction with tour operators. On 12 July, the Saudi Ministry of Health advised certain groups of people to postpone undertaking the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages this year in light of the recent bout of MERS virus cases. It also provided advice for those that are undertaking the pilgrimage to minimise the risk of contracting and spreading the virus. See Pilgrimage and the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s Advice for pilgrims: Hajj and Umrah.
The Ministry of Hajj has announced a number of changes to the Hajj and Umrah including a 20% reduction in the global number of pilgrims and an intention to limit Hajj visas for individuals to once every five years. See Pilgrimage
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.