Metro News Palestine – Saudi Arabia stops issuing Umrah visas
Saudi Arabia decided to suspend Umrah visas, visit the Holy Prophet’s Mosque, “temporarily,”
and stop the entry of tourist visa holders from countries where the Coronavirus poses a threat.
The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that it took these measures
as a proactive protection to prevent the arrival or spread of the Corona virus in the Kingdom
She added: Accordingly, the Ministry stopped the issuance of Umrah visas,
and entry for those who previously obtained Umrah visas was also suspended.
She stressed that “the procedures are temporary and subject to continuous evaluation by the competent authorities in the country.”
For its part, the Ministry of Endowments operating in the Gaza Strip said that the pilgrimage to Umrah was suspended after the recent Saudi decision.
The Vice President of the Chamber of Tourism Companies in Egypt, Basil Al-Sisi,
had announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had stopped issuing Umrah visas.
He added that: “There are instructions to prevent Umrah visas, and the Ministry of Hajj will clarify successively the situation.”
Al-Sisi stressed that Saudi Arabia suspended the issuance of visas in order to supply quarantine at all ports of the Kingdom
He said that these measures come according to the instructions of the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom
He pointed out that dealing with the system for issuing Umrah visas has been suspended,
stressing that follow-up is being undertaken with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to determine the latest developments.
Media people are calling for the cancellation of Umrah and Hajj
Earlier this week,
Saudi media called for stopping the Umrah rituals for those outside the Kingdom for fear of spreading the Corona virus.
The journalist, Waheed Al-Ghamdi,
called for “stopping people coming from outside Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah rituals as a precaution against the Corona virus.”
Saudi writer Areej Al-Juhani interacted with those invitations pending:
“Not only Umrah, but all trips that are not required for treatment or may be followed by heavy material losses that are supposed to be canceled.”
The Saudi authorities require obtaining vaccines before traveling to certain pilgrims from specific countries
But until now, doctors around the world have not discovered any vaccine to protect against the deadly corona virus “Covid 19”.
The virus can pass from person to person without causing any symptoms, which makes the task of tracking it very difficult
Saudi Arabia stops issuing Umrah visas