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Health Regulations for Travellers to Saudi Arabia for Umrah& Pilgrimage (Hajj)-1432 H. (2011)
07 August 2011
The following requirements are needed for receiving entry visa to Saudi Arabia for the year 1432 H (2011) Hajj and Umra seasons :
 
I. Yellow fever:
A) All travellers arriving from countries at risk of yellow fever transmission (list of countries below) in accordance with the International Health Regulations, must present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate showing that the person was vaccinated at least 10 days previously and not more than 10 years before arrival at the border.
 The following countries/areas are at risk of yellow fever transmission (as defined by the International travel and health):
Africa
Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of  Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia,  Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, Uganda , Mali, Mauritania, Rwanda.
Americas
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guinea, Guyana, Panama, Peru, , Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, Venezuela and Paraguay.
B) Aircraft, ships and other means of transportation arriving from areas infected with yellow fever are requested to submit a certificate indicating that it had been sprayed in accordance with the International Health Regulations.
 
II. Meningococcal meningitis
A) For all arrivals
Visitors from all over the world arriving for the purpose of “Umra” or pilgrimage or for seasonal work are requested to produce a certificate of vaccination with the quadrivalent (ACYW135) vaccine against meningitis issued not more than 3 years previously and not less than 10 days before arrival in Saudi Arabia. The responsible authorities in the visitor's country of origin should ensure that vaccination has been carried out as follows:
• Adults and children over the age of 2 years must be given 1 dose of the quadrivalent (ACYW135) vaccine;
B) Arrivals from countries of the African meningitis belt, namely
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan.
• In addition to the above stated requirements, chemoprophylaxis will be administered at port of entry to all arrivals from these countries to lower the carriers rate among them. Adults will receive ciprofloxacin tablets (500 mg); children will receive rifampicin, and pregnant women will receive ceftriaxone injections.
C) Interior pilgrims and the Hajj workers:
 Vaccination with quadrivalent (ACYW135) vaccine is required for:
–All citizens and residents of Madina and Makka who were not vaccinated in the last 3 years.
–All citizens and residents undertaking the Hajj.
–All Hajj workers who have not been vaccinated in the past 3 years.
–Any individual working at entry points during Hajj season in Saudi Arabia.
 
III. Poliomyelitis:
A) All visitors age under 15 years travelling to Saudi Arabia from countries reinfected with poliomyelitis (list below) should be vaccinated against poliomyelitis with the oral  polio vaccine (OPV).  proof of (OPV) vaccination 6 weeks prior to application for entry visa.  Irrespective of previous immunization history, all visitors under 15 years arriving in Saudi Arabia will also receive a dose of OPV at border points.
- All following countries are considered to be reinfected with poliomyelitis (as of
   June 2010).
 Congo,  Côte d'Ivoire , Gabon , Niger,  Liberia ,  Uganda,   Mali, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Tajikistan, Mauritania, Nepal, Turkmenistan,  Kazakhstan and Russia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Somalia.
B) All travellers from Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Angola and Sudan.
REGARDLESS OF AGE  and vaccination status, should receive 1 dose of OPV 6 weeks prior to departure for Saudi Arabia and on  arriving in Saudi Arabia will also receive a dose of OPV at borders points.
 
IV. Seasonal Infeunza
The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia recommends that pilgrims be vaccinated against seasonal influenza before arrival, particularly those with pre-existing conditions (e.g. the elderly, people with chronic chest or heart diseases or cardiac, hepatic or renal failure).
 
VI. Food
Food carried by visitors and pilgrims are banned and not allowed into the country, allowed only proper canned food in very small amount which is enough for one person to the end of his or her trip.
 
VII.  International Outbreaks Response
In the event of health emergency causing international health concern or in case of outbreaks subjective to international health regulations in any country from where the pilgrims and Umra performance come the Saudi Arabia Health Authorities may take any additional preventive precautions (not included in the measures mentioned above) after consultation with the WHO to avoid the spread of infection among pilgrims and Umra performance or transfer it to their countries.    
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