Published: 2020-02-27 12:21
Last Updated: 2020-02-27 12:41
The Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has informed the Hajj and Umrah offices of Saudi Arabia's decision to ban pilgrims from entering the Kingdom for fears of coronavirus.
Following the decision, Hajj and Umrah offices should stop issuing visas to pilgrims.
Hussam Hyari, the spokesman for the Ministry told Roya that Jordanians who have already obtained visas to perform Umrah before the decision was issued will not be able to enter Saudi Arabia.
He noted that the Ministry is awaiting an official decision from the Saudi authorities in this regard.
Hyari explained that the full details of preventing Jordanian pilgrims from entering Saudi Arabia are not entirely clear.
Saudi Arabia has suspended visas for visits to Islam's holiest sites for Umrah, an unprecedented move triggered by coronavirus fears that raise questions over the Hajj, which starts in July.
Saudi Arabia has also suspended visas for tourists from countries with reported infections as fears of a pandemic deepen.
In a tweet on its Twitter official account, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said people can call the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah at 00966920002814 for any inquiries.