Saudi Arabia has banned religious pilgrims from visiting Mecca and Medina to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A statement issued from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Kingdom states that the temporary ban is implemented to support countries impacted with the virus and the ‘approved international standards’.
It has also suspended entry of those travelling with tourist visas from countries impacted by the coronavirus. The statement also revealed that the Kingdom would be suspending Saudi nationals and citizens of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council with national identity cards from travelling to and from the Kingdom, with the exception of Saudis who are abroad.
The Kingdom assures that the procedure is temporary and is subject to the developments of the situation.