Saudi Arabian Government Temporarily Suspends Entry of Umrah Pilgrims

Following the spread of COVID-19, the government of Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended entry into Saudi Arabia for the purpose of umrah and visits to Nabawi Mosque. The suspension is also enforced for entry into the country by all individuals, who in the past 14 days have visited countries badly affected by COVID-19. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Brunei Darussalam, explained the matter in an interview with RTB. According to His Excellency, Brunei Darussalam citizens are welcomed to visit Saudi Arabia but they are not allowed to enter Makkah Al-Mukaramah and Medina Al-Munawarah.

His Excellency Emad bin Abdul Aziz bin Saad Al Muhanna said, the measures which are imposed on all muslim countries worldwide, are to prevent the spread of the virus to the country. His Excellency added, arrivals using tourist visas will not be allowed to enter Makkah Al-Mukaramah and Madina Al-Munawarah. His Excellency also reminded, the measures are taken inline with international standards, and in support of efforts made by countries and international organisations, especially the World Health Organisation, WHO, to stop the spread as well as control and eradicate the virus. According to His Excellency, the government of Saudi Arabia will continue to make assessments from time to time based on updates of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Source: Radio Television Brunei