Saudi Arabia Bans pilgrimage entry visas over coronavirus fears

Saudi Arabia Bans pilgrimage entry visas over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia suspended on Thursday visas for pilgrims hoping to visit Mecca over coronavirus fears, the foreign ministry said.

The government is “suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque temporarily”, the foreign ministry in a statement said, taking about the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that is done at any time of the year.

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Umrah is always a place of attract to tens of thousands of devout Muslims from all over the world each month.https://tatahfonewsarena.com/saudi-arabia-to-freeze-canada-trade-ties-recalls-envoy/

The foreign ministry also added that the visas for tourists visiting will be suspended from countries where the new virus is a “danger”.

Even as the number of fresh cases declines at the epicentre of the disease in China, there has been a sudden increase in parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Iran is a major hotspot in the region, where 15 people have had the virus disease known as COVID-19.

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