Saudi Arabia suspends entry for Umrah pilgrimage for fear of coronavirus.

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According to the Ministry of Umrah and Hajj, all Issuance of New Umrah Visas have been suspended and those who have received their visa will not be allowed to enter the Kingdom until further notice.

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. Tourist-visa holders from countries judged to pose a particularly high risk of spreading the virus will also be denied entry.

The Egyptian Dar Al-Iftaa also said Saudi Arabia’s decision to temporarily suspend Umrah visas over the coronavirus outbreak was in accordance with Sharia law.

Ref :Arab News , MOFA and various other news sources.


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