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As mentioned in the previous issue of CDI, at the request of the Department of Health and Aged Care, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has obtained advice from the Government of Saudi Arabia concerning the yellow fever vaccination requirements for pilgrims to the Hajj.
The policy of the Saudi Government is that all pilgrims arriving in Saudi Arabia are required to be vaccinated for yellow fever, irrespective of their country of origin.
The Department of Health and Aged Care has been advised by the Saudi Embassy in Canberra that Australian applicants for the special Hajj visa are required to submit a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate with their visa application. A visa will not be granted if the applicant has not been vaccinated for yellow fever.
The Department will liaise with CSL Ltd, the only Australian supplier of yellow fever vaccine, to ensure as much as possible that there is sufficient supply of vaccine in Australia at the start of each year in order to meet the additional demand resulting from the Saudi policy.
This article was published in Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 24, Supplement, March 2000.