Saudi Arabia temporary ban on Umrah pilgrims in an attempt to ensure public safety by preventing the spread of coronavirus, many pilgrims who were going to perform Umrah were offloaded by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and other private airlines. Kingdom of Saudia Arabia receives nearly 7 million Umrah pilgrims every year, the majority of whom arrive at airports in Jeddah and Madinah.
All the pilgrims were offloaded by from the flights at various airports around the country. A flight to Jeddah of the PIA, PK-747 carrying 133 Umrah pilgrims was stopped from take-off from the Karachi airport. Notices have been placed at the various airports in this context.
It is one of a number of precautionary measures announced by KSA as health authorities in the Kingdom closely monitor the spread of the virus around the world. Tourist-visa holders from countries judged to pose a particularly high risk of spreading the virus will also be denied entry in KSA.
KSA Health authorities at entry points of airports will verify which countries travelers visited before arriving in Saudi Arabia and apply all necessary precautionary measures.
A large number of people are currently present the various airports after being offloaded by the airlines. The KSA placed a temporary ban on Umrah pilgrims in the wake of spread of the coronavirus.
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28 March, 2020