Saudi Arabia Suspends Entry For Annual Umrah Pilgrimage Amid Coronavirus Concerns
CAIRO, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended entry to the kingdom for the Umrah Islamic pilgrimage and visits to al Masjid Al Nabawy in Medina, the ministry of foreign affairs announced on Twitter on Thursday amid fears over the spread of the new coronavirus. In 2017, over 6 million people traveled to Saudi Arabia for the Umrah pilgrimage, according to Arab News.
The kingdom has also suspended entry to Saudi Arabia for anyone with tourism visas from countries where coronavirus is a threat. The Foreign Ministry called on citizens not to travel to countries where the new coronavirus is spreading.