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Saudi Arabia Suspends Entry For Umrah Pilgrimage Over Coronavirus Fears

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Saudi Arabia has suspended entry into the country for  individuals seeking to perform Umrah or visiting the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

Guidelines to prevent the arrival of the virus to the Kingdom also include the suspension of travel to and from Saudi Arabia for GCC citizens using national ID cards.

There is also a suspension of tourist visa entries for those coming from countries in which the spread of the virus is a danger.

Nearly 7 million Umrah pilgrims arrive in the Kingdom each year, with the majority landing at airports in Jeddah and Madinah.


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One thought on “Saudi Arabia Suspends Entry For Umrah Pilgrimage Over Coronavirus Fears

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    February 27, 2020 at 7:44 am
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    Unfortunately, Its true, But it is for the safety of the people, pilgrims and the world. Saudi Arabia is giving its best for preventing the spread of Corona, They are also providing aid to China to fight against the virus. It is time of acting wisely about this deadly virus. Suspension of Umrah pilgrimage is temporarily as per Saudi Health authorities.

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