Visas and Health in Saudi Arabia
Whatever the reason you choose to travel to Saudi Arabia, consider taking out travel or expat health insurance for you and your family. You will leave with peace of mind and can prevent financial, health, and legal risks that would arise unexpectedly. Guarantees for repatriation, hospitalization, civil liability and other emergency medical expenses are essential, regardless of your destination.
Political regime: Absolute Monarchy
Area: 2,253,000 sq km
Population: 32.9 million
Languages spoken: Arabic
Currency: Saudi Ryal
Visas in Saudi Arabia
If you are a French national and wish to stay for Business, you must obtain an entry visa. Tourist visas do not exist.
French Embassy in Ryad
Diplomatic Quarter PO Box 94367 Riyadh 11693
Tel: 966 488 12 55
Fax: 966 488 28 82
Saudi Embassy in France
Address: 92 Rue de Courcelles – 75008 Paris
Tel: 01.56.79.40.00. Fax: 01.56.79.40.01
Saudi Consulate in France
Address: 29 Rue des Graviers – 92200 Neuilly Sur Seine
Tel: 0147476263 Fax: 0147451064
Saudi Cultural Bureau
Address: 26 Rue Murillo – 75008 Paris
Tel: 0181702020 Fax: 0181702025
Vaccines and Safety in Saudi Arabia
- Compulsory vaccines and certificates: The yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers from an endemic area. Travelers arriving in Saudi Arabia without this certificate will be vaccinated upon arrival and quarantined for 6 days from the day of their vaccination. An up-to-date meningitis vaccination certificate is required for all travelers. The HIV certificate is required to obtain a residence permit.
- Recommended vaccines and certificates: For adults, don’t forget vaccines for tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, meningitis A and C and for at-risk groups: tuberculosis and rabies. For children, don’t forget the vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, (long stay), meningitis A and C (long stay for 18-month-old travelers), typhoid (long stay for 5-year-old travelers and older).
- Local diseases: In Saudi Arabia, the following diseases are common: Amibiase, spider bites, snakes, fish and scorpions, ascaris, hepatitis A and B, leishmaniasis, sexually transmitted diseases, meningitis, malaria, polio, rabies, AIDS, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid.
The main risk is the terrorist threat that tends to affect Western nationals. We must be very vigilant and avoid any of the risks, including the border with Yemen.
More information on the areas at risk on the France Diplomatie website.
Health insurance in Saudi Arabia
Why take out international health insurance when traveling or residing in Saudi Arabia? Simply because health spending quickly reaches very high amounts abroad. On the other hand, health insurance is compulsory in Saudi Arabia in order to be covered in a public or private institution. In addition, the repatriation guarantee is an essential criterion. In the event of a serious accident it is sometimes necessary to carry out a medicalized repatriation to the nearest medical center or to the country of residence. Depending on where you are at the time of the accident, and depending on the medical prognosis, it may be necessary to charter a helicopter or a medicalized aircraft.
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