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Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever 1
cholera no
Typhoid & Polio 2
malaria 3
Eat Drink


Medical care is good in Riyadh, Jeddah and Mecca. In the countryside, however, it cannot be compared to Europe and is occasionally – even in the city – problematic in terms of hygiene or personnel with apparently modern facilities. In rural areas, there is often a lack of European-trained doctors who speak English or French. Adequate health insurance coverage valid worldwide and reliable travel insurance are strongly recommended. An individual first-aid kit can be taken with you, but must then be protected according to the temperatures on the way. Note: Pilgrims must have an effective vaccination against meningococci.┬áCheck findjobdescriptions for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers who plan to enter the country within six days of staying in an infected area designated by the WHO. Exceptions are transit travelers who are less than 12 hours in transit and do not leave the airport in Saudi Arabia and travelers who are under 9 months old. [2] All persons entering Saudi Arabia and coming from poliomyelitis endemic areas must have a valid polio vaccination, which must not be older than four weeks at the time of entry. European countries are not poliomyelitis endemic areas. [3] Malaria protection against the more prevalent form, Plasmodium falciparum, is required year-round in most of the south-western regions (excluding the higher elevations of Asir Province) and certain rural areas of the western regions. Chloroquine resistance has been reported.

Food and drink

Due to the risk of possible infections, careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured. Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before drinking, brushing your teeth and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is usually not pasteurized and should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Avoid dairy products made from unboiled milk. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Eating raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in some ponds and rivers in the central and western provinces, in the oases of Taif, Tbuk, Wadi Fatima, Qisan and around Riyadh. Swimming and wading in inland waters should therefore be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. There are isolated cases of severe respiratory infections caused by a new coronavirus (MERS-CoV, the abbreviation for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus). It is unclear exactly where and how people in different countries can get infected. The World Health Organization (WHO) assumes that very close contact with sick people can also lead to transmission from person to person. Close contact with camels and bats should be avoided as they are suspected to be carriers of disease. Dengue fever, which can be transmitted by mosquito bites, is mainly found in Jeddah and the coastal regions in the west. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur nationwide. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is a global problem and a threat to everyone take the risk of infection. Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia are only now being delayed and are still being affected in relatively small numbers. The well-known risks should also be avoided here. Leishmaniasis, transmitted by whiteflies, occurs nationwide. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis do occur. To protect yourself, you should get vaccinated and avoid large crowds. Special vaccination requirements apply to pilgrims and seasonal workers entering the country for the Hajj. Meningococcal vaccination with a quadrivalent vaccine is usually required; it is valid (and effective) for 3 years from the 10th day after application. Tuberculosis occurs. Vaccination against tuberculosis should be considered in cases of particular exposure.

Health certificate

A negative HIV test in English (form available on request via the embassy) is required for a work permit. It is advisable to carry an Arabic translation with you.



1 Saudi Arabian Riyal = 100 Halalah. Currency code: RI, SAR (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 RI; Coins are in denominations of 100, 50, 25, 10 and 5 Halalah.

Credit cards

Major credit cards such as American Express, Mastercard, Diners Club and Visa are accepted nationwide. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Travelers checks are not generally accepted in Saudi Arabia.

Bank opening hours

Sat-Wed 08.30-12.00 and 17.00-20.00, Thu 08.30-12.00. Exchange offices are open longer.

Foreign exchange regulations

No restrictions on the import and export of local currency. Import and export of foreign currencies, jewellery, precious stones, precious metals and other funds up to the equivalent of 60,000 RI possible, for higher amounts declaration obligation (detailed form of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Finance). The Israeli currency may not be imported.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and exchange offices.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
SAR 1 EUR = 3.92
1 CHF = 4.65
1 USD = 3.75

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