Saudi Arabia government places ban on Umrah Pilgrims travelling from Pakistan
ISLAMABAD - Saudi Arabia government places ban on Umrah Pilgrims travelling from Pakistan.
Saudi Arabia on Thursday placed an immediate ban on Umrah pilgrims travelling from the countries where coronavirus cases have been confirmed including Pakistan.
According to airport sources, the ban has also been placed on those travelling to the Kingdom on a visit visa.
The move from the Saudi government follows the confirmation of two coronavirus cases in Pakistan on Wednesday evening.
All airlines have been directed to inform their passengers to wait for further orders.
The government is "suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet's Mosque temporarily", the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement.
Umrah attracts tens of thousands of Muslims from all over the globe each month.