Quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine for Hajj and Umrah
The quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine was deemed valid for 8 years by the Saudi authorities for the Hajj and Umrah seasons of 2016.
This has now changed to 5 years.
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.
Further information can be obtained at: http://www.moh.gov.sa/en/hajj/pages/healthregulations.aspx
Updated: 29 June 2017
You are advised to visit your general practice surgery or a travel medicine clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel. However, it is never too late to seek advice.
If you have a medical condition, you are advised to discuss the suitability of the trip before you book.