The Kingdom’s Ministry of Health announced the detection of the first coronavirus case of a Saudi national traveling from Iran to the Kingdom through Bahrain.
As part of the precautionary measures, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had suspended temporarily Umrah visas for all countries and tourism visas for 22 countries effective from last Thursday.
The Kingdom on Wednesday also suspended temporarily the Umrah pilgrimage and visit to the Prophet’s Mosque for Saudi citizens and expatriates in the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Interior, the decision was taken in line with recommendation of a committee saddled with the responsibility of following up with the developments on COVID-19 in the Kingdom.
The concerned authorities would continuously review the decision and will withdraw whenever it found that the reasons for the suspension were disappeared, the statement said.