Ministry of Health RI officially does not oblige prospective pilgrims umrah to vaccinate Meningitis Meningococcal when going to perform Umrah to Saudi Arabia.
This decision was stated in Circular Letter Number Hk.02.02/CI/9325/2022 concerning Implementation of Meningitis Vaccination for Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims. This circular was signed by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health Kunta Wibawa Dasa Nugraha on 11 November 2022. Kunta has confirmed the distribution.
“Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination is a must for those who come to Saudi Arabia using a Hajj visa and not a requirement for those who come using an Umrah visa,” the circular said.
However, the Ministry of Health is still preparing Meningitis vaccines in health facilities for prospective Umrah pilgrims who wish to receive vaccinations.
“For Umrah pilgrims who have comorbidities, it is highly recommended to carry out Meningococcal Meningitis vaccinations and other vaccinations at health facilities that provide international vaccination services,” said the circular.
For information, Saudi Arabian authorities also no longer require meningitis vaccines for pilgrims to perform the Umrah pilgrimage.
“There has also been a letter from the Saudi Arabian Embassy to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. So the truth is that there is no meningitis vaccine for Umrah,” said Consul Hajj at the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah Nasrullah Jassam to CNNIndonesia.com, Wednesday (9/11).
Apart from not requiring the Meningitis vaccine, Saudi Arabia has issued various concessions regarding the Umrah policy. The concession includes permits for women to perform Hajj and Umrah without a mahram or male companion.
Saudi Arabia has also extended the validity period for Umrah visas by up to 90 days. The visa can be used to visit areas other than Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.