Thousands of Nigerians are set to be affected as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has suspended visas for pilgrims wishing to check out Mecca.
The move was portion of tries to suppress the spread of Coronavirus, AFP reports.
The foreign ministry explained on Thursday it suspended entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah (lesser hajj) and traveling to the Prophet’s Mosque quickly.
It claimed it was also suspending visas for travelers from nations around the world the place the new virus is a “danger”.
Even as the quantity of fresh scenarios declines at the epicenter of the sickness in China, there has been a sudden enhance in elements of Asia, Europe, and the Center East.
Iran has emerged as a big hotspot in the area, exactly where 15 people have succumbed to the disease — officially recognized as COVID-19.
The Gulf states of Kuwait and Bahrain have also declared further cases this week.
Newsmen repor that in 2019, no less than 65, 000 Nigerians carried out the hajj.
Whilst the Federal Authorities budgeted over N500m for pilgrimage in 2020, point out governments are thought to spend much more on sponsoring persons for hajj.
The momentary visa ban only impacts those arranging to go for the lesser hajj for now. The hajj alone is anticipated to take position in July.