[Ed. – The Umrah pilgrims go for discretionary visits at any time of year. The 2020 hajj starts on 28 July.]
Emirates will not allow Umrah pilgrims or tourists from nearly two dozen countries to fly to the Kingdom
Health ministry says no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Kingdom
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has placed a temporary ban on Umrah pilgrims in an attempt to ensure public safety by preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Most foreign pilgrims often visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah before or after the completion of their religious duties in Makkah, this has also been halted.
It is one of a number of precautionary restrictions announced early on Thursday as health authorities in the Kingdom closely monitor the spread of the virus.