Saudi Arabia ban Umra and Hajj travel to Pakistan until further notice
It also banned travelers from virus-infected countries, including Pakistan. Development began only a day after two cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Pakistan.
The ban applies equally to travelers traveling to KSA for Umrah or for a visa to visit. If the situation persists, this year’s Hajj may seriously suffer, an official statement said.
According to the details, the Saudi authorities instructed all airlines to inform passengers about the development and wait for further orders. In a statement on Thursday, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said:
The government suspends entry into the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and temporarily visits the Prophet’s Mosque.
A new travel ban will harm the tourism sector of Saudi Arabia as tens of thousands of pilgrims from Muslim countries come to the Kingdom every month. However, this step will help prevent the spread of the virus to Saudi Arabia.
citizens of Saudi Arabia and citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council countries will not currently be allowed to travel to and from the country. However, Saudi Arabian citizens returning from such states or GCC citizens returning to their countries will be granted an exception. But it is also informed once they leave, they will not be able to return to Saudi Arabia until further orders.
The new coronavirus
has already killed over 2,800 people and spread to 50 countries, including Iran and Pakistan. Iran is the second country after China with the highest death toll. To date, more than 20 people have died as a result of this pandemic in Iran.