The Government of Saudi Arabia through its Ministry of Health wishes to announce to the general public the Vaccination Requirement and Recommendations for Travelers to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in conformity with the International Health Regulations 2005 as follows;
• Travelers to the Saudi should have international certificates of vaccination against yellow fever especially from countries with persistent or periodic transmission of yellow fever since travelers without appropriate documentations of vaccination can be denied entry no matter the point of entry used (eg. Sea, land or air)
• Residents and long term visitors, staying more than four months from States with wild poliovirus (WPV1) or circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV1 orcVDPV3) transmission, of all ages entering the Kingdom should have received a dose of bivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (bOPV) or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) not less than four (4) weeks before any International travel. Travelers going on urgent travels within 4 weeks and have not received the bOPV or IPV dose within the 4 weeks to 12 months should at least take the polio vaccine before departure.
• Adults and children above two (2) years entering Umrah, Hajj or for any seasonal work in Hajj zones are to submit valid vaccination certificates with a quadrivalent (ACYW) meningococcal vaccine taken not less than 10 days prior to arrival to the Saudis. The quadrivalent (ACYW) polysaccharide vaccine should have been taken within three (3) years and the ACYW conjugate vaccine have been taken within five (5) years.
Before departure from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
Travelers nine (9) months and above are advised to be vaccinated against yellow fever particularly if they would be entering countries with persistent or periodic transmissions.
Travelers departing from the Saudi to states with WPV1, cVDPV1 or cVDPV3 and cVDPV2 transmissions should be advised and visit a travel clinic not less than 4 weeks before any international travel to update their vaccination status.
For urgent travelers within 4 weeks, should take a dose of the vaccination by the time of departure.
It is advised that travelers check with appropriate embassies or consulates and know their entry requirements to countries they plan on traveling to either work or visit.
Pre- travel consultation is also recommended for all travelers to review and update their immunization status for adults, adolescents, children and infants against, hepatitis A&B, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid fever, rabies among other communicable diseases and for routine updates before travel.
All travelers must have appropriate documentations of International certificates on vaccinations or risk being denied entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
Minister of Information