Polio vaccine edict for Pakistani and Afghan visitors to Saudi Arabia
Visitors to Saudi Arabia from Pakistan and Afghanistan will need to be vaccinated against the polio virus at least 12 months before their arrival, under a new Health Ministry edict.
Vaccination has been made mandatory because of the prevalence of the polio virus in both countries, the ministry told the news agency Arab News on December 24.
Saudi health authorities are taking strict measures to prevent the virus from spreading in the Kingdom, with health monitoring centres ensuring visitors have been inoculated against the virus at least a year before arrival.
The centres will also give all pilgrims booster doses of the polio vaccine depending on their country of origin.