Saudi Arabia suspends entry for holy site pilgrims over coronavirus fears

Saudi Arabia suspends entry for holy site pilgrims over coronavirus fears
Al Abrar in Mecca. Pixabay

[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.

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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.

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