Saudi Arabia temporarily bans on Umrah Visa in coronavirus affected countries, including Pakistan, where two cases found on Wednesday in Karachi, Foreignway reported, quoting foreign ministry, airport and travel agent sources.
KSA imposes this ban only on those travelers or pilgrimages who want to come into the Kingdom for Umrah purposes.
This step was taken by Saudi Government after receiving confirmation news about the coronavirus cases found in Karachi, Pakistan. The affected persons visited Iran during last days where many coronavirus cases were found and people (Minimum seventeen) died due to this COVID-19.
Duration of Ban on Umrah Visa
Although the imposed ban is told temporary, but the exact date, duration and ending is not confirming from authorities and officials by Saudi and Pakistani Governments. Religious affairs and foreign ministry officials are also unable to tell about this.
Umrah Visa and any type of visit for Saudi Arabia are banned in Pakistan. Travel agencies and tour operators are waiting hopefully for lifting this ban on Umrah, so that pilgrimages can visit the Holy Cities of Mecca and Madina.
Unbearable Loss Due to Ban
More than 2.1 million pilgrimages visited Saudi Arabia from different countries of the world for performing Umrah previous year. Among all these, Pakistan tops the list of countries in 2019. Index shows that 495,270 people visited Saudi Arabia on Umrah Visa last year. Indonesia and Malaysia come after Pakistan in this list.
It is a big loss for both pilgrimages and tour operating companies in Pakistan. Along with these, airlines, and other connected businesses are affecting due to such ban on travelers coming from Pakistan. Such steps are taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to save the visitors and pilgrimages from this disease, and Alhamdulillah KSA is still safe from this fast spreading virus. This virus started from China this year and more than 2800 people have been died worldwide due to this COVID-19.
Umrah is a beloved religious activity among Muslims of the world, in which they visit two Holy Cities of Saudi Arabia Mecca & Madina, where they perform religious activities. Due to coronavirus COVID-19 issue started from China, and two cases found in Karachi, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia temporarily imposes ban on Umrah Visa for Pakistanis.