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Saudi Arabia Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Typhoid Sometimes
Diphtheria Sometimes
Hepatitis A Yes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Malaria Sometimes
Yellow Fever No*

* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travellers (older than 9 months) arriving from an infected area.

Meningococcal meningitis
All adults and children (aged over 2 years) arriving for Umrah or Hajj must submit a valid vaccination certificate with a quadrivalent (ACYW) meningococcal vaccine administered no less than 10 days before the trip. Vaccination with one of the following vaccines is acceptable:
• Quadrivalent (ACYW) polysaccharide vaccine within the last three years.
• Quadrivalent (ACYW) conjugate vaccine within the last five years.

Health Care

The standards of healthcare in Saudi Arabia are excellent and visitors must have travel insurance.

In an emergency, call 937 (emergency medical consultation) or 997 (ambulance).

Food and Drink

Saudi Arabia is a leading desalinated water producer in the world, turning out tap water that is safe for drinking. If you are going camping and won't be near a reliable water source, take plenty of water with you.

Saudi Arabia imports much of its food to meet demand and food safety and hygiene standards are high in general. Nonetheless, it is wise to ensure the meat is cooked and served hot, fruit is peeled and vegetables are washed.

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