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The Ministry of Health (MOH) of Saudi Arabia (http://www.moh.gov.sa/en/hajj/pages/healthregulations.aspx) has issued the following requirements and recommendations to obtain entry visas for 2017/1438H-Hajj and Umrah seasons. This includes, for visitors from all countries:

“Visitors arriving for the purpose of Umrah or pilgrimage (Hajj) or for seasonal work are required to submit a certificate of vaccination with the tetravalent (ACYW135) vaccine against meningitis, proving the vaccine was administered no less than 10 days before arrival in Saudi Arabia. Both polysaccharide and conjugate vaccines are valid options*; the first one confers a protection of at least three years and the latter at least five years. The vaccine should have been administered not more than 3 and 5 years respectively, prior to entry into the country. The responsible authorities in the visitor’s country of origin should ensure that adults and children aged over 2 years are given at least 1 dose of the tetravalent ACYW135 vaccine and state clearly the name of the vaccine used on the vaccination card.
Please note that the conjugate meningococcal vaccine certificate is valid for 5 years. However, the certificate must state clearly that the Hajji actually received the conjugate meningococcal vaccine. If the vaccine type it not indicated in the certificate, then it will be assumed that it is not the conjugate vaccine and it the validity of the certificate will to be for 3 years.”

Other guidance

“Seasonal influenza

The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia recommends that international pilgrims be vaccinated against seasonal influenza with most recently available vaccines (i.e. those for Southern Hemisphere 2016) prior to arrival, particularly those at increased risk of severe influenza diseases including pregnant women, children aged over 5 years, the elderly, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma, chronic heart or lung diseases and HIV/AIDS infection.”

 

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