Coronavirus and Hajj/Umrah in 2020

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What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus Covid-19 is a new member of the coronavirus family. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city. After first emerging in December 2019, in a few months, it has spread across the world.

What are the symptoms this coronavirus causes?

The virus can cause pneumonia—those who have fallen ill suffered coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health. Due to it having no initial symptoms, it is difficult to track and control.

Consequently, the Kingdom of Saudi, as with many other cities and countries around the world, they have taken necessary preventative measures.

What is Saudi doing?

Recently, in response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the Saudi authorities suspended entry to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This suspension affects all passengers travelling for Umrah as a reactionary attempt to prevent Coronavirus from entering the Kingdom.

  • The suspension is temporary for those entering the Kingdom for Umrah, irrespective of whether they hold an Umrah or tourism visa.
  • There are no known cases of Coronavirus in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
  • If you have a Hajj or Umrah package booked for departure within the next 72 hours, if we haven’t already contacted you, please contact us on 0121 773 5101 to explore your options. If your departure is more than 72 hours away, please sit tight and wait for further updates. If there is anything that may affect your visit, we will contact you straight away.
  • Hajj packages during 2020 thus far remain unaffected by this suspension;
  • We continue to monitor advice from the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Ministry of Health, as well as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about travel to Saudi Arabia. For up-to-date information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Saudi-arabia

Please note that this is an unprecedented situation and continues to develop. We are following closely and will act appropriately as and when required. The Saudi authorities have dealt with similar epidemics. In recent years they have dealt with the outbreak of both MERS and SARS in the Kingdom successfully.

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