Saudi Arabia announced it temporarily suspends travels for Umrah pilgrimage or to the Prophet’s Mosque, fearing spread of the new coronavirus.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia tweeted early Thursday that the temporary suspension of Umrah is a
precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the new disease.
The Foreign Ministry said the decision is one of the three precautions taken by the Saudi government to “provide the utmost protections to the safety of citizens and residents and everyone who intends to come to the territory of the Kingdom to perform Umrah or visit the Prophet’s Mosque or for the purpose of tourism.”