Saudi Arabia vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Saudi Arabia vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Are you travelling to Saudi Arabia? Prepare your trip well. We recommend certain vaccinations for Saudi Arabia. If you are going on a pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj), you must have been vaccinated against meningitis. Which other vaccinations you need for you trip to Saudi Arabia is dependent on the places you plan to visit and the duration of your stay in this fascinating country. Saudi Arabia is a kingdom on the Arabian Peninsula. It is a vast country in the Middle East, bordering Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and Yemen. This oil state consists largely of desert and has a desert climate with hot summers and warm winters. An exception is the green and less dry area surrounding the Asir mountains in the southwest. The best time to travel to Saudi Arabia is between November and April. Although the country is not very accessible for tourists – due to strict rules and laws and high prices -, it does offer adventurous travellers plenty to see and do: vast desert areas; the beautiful Red Sea; traditional souks, and a modern capital (Riyadh). Saudi Arabia is also home to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, and as such the centre or the Islam. The Hajj – a pilgrimage to Mecca – is in fact mandatory for every Muslim who is physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey. Please read our travel advice for the Hajj if you require more information on preparing your pilgrimage to Mecca. Our KLM Health Services experts can tell you exactly which vaccinations you require for your trip to Saudi Arabia and gladly inform you about additional measures you can take to minimise health risk during your stay. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.

Saudi Arabia vaccinations: the most common risks

Various diseases are prevalent in Saudi Arabia to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please view our list of the most common health risks and diseases in Eritrea and you will know at an instant which specific vaccinations you require.


In this country Chikungunya is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.


In this country dengue fever is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.


Vaccination against DTP is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination against hepatitis B depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.


In this country there is a risk of getting malaria. Protection against mosquito bites is necessary during day- and nighttime. Sometimes malaria tablets are recommended, please contact KLM Health Services.

Meningococcal - pilgrims

Meningococcal vaccination is compulsory for pilgrims.


Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination (BMR vaccination in Dutch) is recommended for travelers to this country who are not protected against measles yet. This includes children from 6 months and up who have not yet received their childhood MMR immunization.


Vaccination depends on your personal situation. In this country mammals could be infected with Rabies. Avoid contact with mammals. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.


In this country Schistosomiasis is prevalent. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Yellow Fever - possibly compulsory

In this country Yellow Fever is not prevalent. However, when you’re traveling FROM a Yellow fever area vaccination can be COMPULSORY. Please contact KLM Health Services to discuss or vaccination applies to you.

Zika virus

In this country Zika virus is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

A healthy trip to Saudi Arabia: prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to Saudi Arabia as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey.

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows you to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for Saudi Arabia? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your Saudi Arabia vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for Saudi Arabia? Please feel free to contact us and send an email to You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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