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About Saudi Arabia Vaccinations
Saudi Arabia is a middle-eastern nation. In general, Saudi Arabia has a hot, dry, desert climate. Temperatures in the interior reach 54°C. Coastal areas present higher humidity.
Travel Health Alerts
Vaccine Preventable Diseases
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
No yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for direct travel from Australia or New Zealand.
Travelvax has doctors who are yellow fever vaccination-accredited. Click here to learn more about Yellow Fever.
Moderate risk for most travellers. Vaccination recommended for travel to smaller cities, villages and rural areas outside usual tourist routes. Some medical conditions pre-dispose to infection; whether vaccinations would be recommended should be discussed with a medical practitioner. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk. To learn more about Typhoid and the available vaccinations, click here.
Disease present. Recommendation for vaccination will depend on specific itinerary and activities planned. Generally rabies vaccination is advised for high risk individuals such as veterinarians or animal handlers, cavers. Additionally for higher risk travellers who plan: extended periods outdoors, rural travel, adventurous activities including bicycling; also expats or long-term travellers to endemic regions and children (risk of more severe or risk-prone bites and may not report contact at all). Click here to learn more about rabies.
No risk to travellers.
Other country requirement(s) (2019): Travellers from areas with active poliovirus transmission (i.e. those with active transmission of a wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus) and from countries at risk of polio reintroduction are required to submit a valid polio vaccination certificate. Travellers arriving from Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Syrian Arab Republic, Somalia and Yemen should present proof of vaccination with at least one of the following vaccines:
•At least one dose of bivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) within the previous 12 months and administered at least 4 weeks prior to arrival or
• At least one dose of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) within the previous 12 months and administered at least 4 weeks prior to arrival.
Travellers arriving from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Syrian Arab Republic, Somalia and Yemen will also receive one dose of OPV at the border points on entry in Saudi Arabia.
No risk to travellers.
Low risk to travellers.
Other country requirement(s) (2019): Meningococcal meningitis
Adults and children aged over 2 years arriving for Umrah, Hajj or for seasonal work in Hajj zones, are required to submit a valid vaccination certificate with a quadrivalent (ACYW) meningococcal vaccine administered 38 not less than 10 days prior to the planned arrival to Saudi Arabia. Vaccination with ONE of the following vaccines is acceptable:
• Quadrivalent (ACYW) polysaccharide vaccine within the last 3 years.
• Quadrivalent (ACYW) conjugate vaccine within the last 5 years.
Current scientific evidence suggests that conjugate vaccines are safe and effective for those above 55 years of age. Health authorities at the pilgrim countries should ensure vaccinating their pilgrims within the required validity period and make sure that the type of vaccine is clearly showed in the vaccination certificate. If the vaccine type is not indicated in the certificate, the certificate will be valid for 3 years.
Vaccination with quadrivalent (ACYW) conjugate vaccine is also required for:
• Domestic pilgrims.
• Residents of the two holy cities (Mecca and Medina).
• Any person who may come in contact with pilgrims, including personnel in health-care settings and other authorities.
The Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may opt to administer prophylactic antibiotics to some travellers to at the points of entry if deemed necessary.
No risk to travellers.
Diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika may be present. Seasonal risk will vary by country. Whether preventive measures will be recommended will depend on itinerary, length of stay, type of travel etc. and needs to be discussed with a medical practitioner. For those countries with disease present, risk is highest in urban and semi-urban areas, but may also occur in rural areas; insect avoidance measures are highly recommended all year round. Travelvax believes that the best defence is to understand their habits, dress properly and use an effective insect repellent in the correct manner. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk.
In order to check before and during travel for any high-risk areas visit the Smartraveller website. Avoid unnecessary displays of wealth or valuables and minimise the amounts of cash carried. Keep secure records of passport/credit card/licence numbers. For more safety tips visit: www.smartraveller.gov.au.
Limited medical facilities available. Unless travelling with a well-equipped organisation, a high level of self-sufficiency in terms of first aid kits and sterile equipment is recommended. An evacuation contingency should be a part of your travel insurance. Check for any contacts supplied by your emergency assistance organisation (nominated by your travel insurer) or with IAMAT (International Association of Medical Assistance for Travellers).