Saudi Arabia temporarily banned the entry of pilgrims who want to visit holy places in Mecca and Medina. This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom and explained this by the need to prevent the import of COVID-19 coronavirus into the country.
It is also temporarily prohibited to enter the Kingdom on tourist visas for citizens of countries where there are already outbreaks of coronavirus and where there is a risk of its further spread.
In addition, the authorities restricted entry and exit to the country for fellow citizens and residents of the countries participating in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Riyadh again emphasizes that it supports all the measures that other countries are taking to curb the spread of infection and urges fellow citizens to take precautions before traveling to countries where the virus has already arrived, the ministry said in a statement.
AP recalls that so far more than 220 cases of infection have been confirmed in the Middle East. Iran leads with 139 infected, 19 of whom died.