Saudi interior ministry imposes temporary ban on Umrah pilgrims from Kingdom

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Saudi Arabia has placed a temporary ban on its citizens and residents from performing the Muslim pilgrimage Umrah in Makkah to prevent the spread of coronavirus according to state news agency SPA.

Under the temporary ban Saudi nationals and residents living in the Kingdom wanting to perform Umrah will not be allowed into Islam's holiest sites.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that it is working to help foreign pilgrims still in the Kingdom return to their countries.

Last week, Saudi Arabia closed off the holiest sites in Islam to foreign pilgrims over the coronavirus.