Saudi Arabia, Middle East

Malaria Risk & Vaccination Information

Malaria risk is present throughout the year (but mainly from September to January) in the south western region except high altitude areas of Asir Province and the cities of Mecca, Medina, Jeddah and Taif.

In the cities of Mecca, Medina, Jeddah, Riyadh and Ta'if and the high altitudes of Asir Province there is very little risk. Adopt bite avoidance measures as advised below. 

For Hajj pilgrim trips between Mecca and Medina if undertaken on a single day during daylight hours in an air conditioned vehicle where mosquitoes can be excluded there is low risk and and bite avoidance measures only are required. If not undertaken on a single day during daylight hours anti-malarials may be advised.

Please click HERE for a malaria map of Saudi Arabia on fitfortravel (an NHS website)

What Malaria prophylaxis do I need to prevent malaria in Saudi Arabia?

If you don't already have a prescription from your Doctor for malaria medication, you can save precious time by using our online consultation service to order the suitable malaria medicines for this region by clicking on the following links. Any of the medicine listed can be recommended for malaria prevention in this region. If you already have a prescription for malaria medicine from your Family Doctor, then you can order the quantity on your prescription(s) on the following links. For Travelpharm will supply your prescription, once we receive it from you. When you place your order on one of the links below, please follow the instructions on where to send the prescription.

› Atovaquone and Proguanil 250mg/100mg- Generic Alternative to Malarone
› Malarone Tablets
› Malarone Children's Tablets (for Children under 40kg weight)
› Doxycycline Capsules
› Lariam Tablets (Mefloquine 250mg)

Your online consultation will be reviewed by a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber registered in the UK with the General Pharmaceutical Council.  We only dispense genuine UK licensed medicines.

What else can I do to prevent malaria?

For more information and advice on how to prevent malaria, see our How To Avoid Insect & Mosquito Bites page.

What Vaccines do I need for Saudi Arabia?

Below is a table designed to show you what vaccines are mandatory, recommended or ones to consider when visiting Saudi Arabia:

CholeraHepatitis AHepatitis BJapanese EncephalitisMeningitisRabies
 RecCon  RecCon


TetanusTick Borne Encephalitis Typhoid Yellow Fever Vaccine
Rec  Con  

Man = Mandatory
Con = Consider
Rec = Recommended
Req = Required if visiting from area with risk of transmission

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