Saudi Arabia Bans Mecca Pilgrimage Amid Coronavirus Scare

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Saudi Arabia Bans Pilgrims Amid Coronavirus Scare
Saudi Arabia has placed a ban on religious visits from Umrah pilgrims in a bid to prevent Coronavirus from reaching the country. The ban is temporary and subject to continuous evaluation, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Most foreign pilgrims visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina before or after fulfilling their religious duties in Mecca. This has also been halted.

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The kingdom is also suspending tourist visa entry by citizens from Gulf States traveling under their national IDs, as well as travel by Saudis to the Gulf States. Saudis abroad who want to return or Gulf citizens in Saudi Arabia who wish to leave may do so, the statement read.

The move comes after its neighbouring countries including Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates flagged dozens of cases. However, no infections have been reported in Saudi Arabia so far.

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