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Regardless of age and vaccination status, proof of receipt of a dose of oral polio vaccine (OPV), or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV), within the previous 12 months and at least 4 weeks prior to departure, is required to apply for an entry visa for Saudi Arabia for travellers arriving from the following countries, territories or areas (as of 1 July 2016):

  • A) those who have uninterrupted indigenous virus transmission: Afghanistan and Pakistan (as of 1 July 2016);
  • B) those which have had transmission of a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus within the past 12 months: Guinea, Laos People’s Democratic Republic, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Ukraine;
  • C) those which remain vulnerable to polio: Iraq, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic and Yemen.

All travellers from these countries will also receive 1 dose of OPV at border points on arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia encourages vaccination of travelers from polio-free countries which remain at particular risk of importations (e.g. India, Indonesia).



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