Saudi’s travel ban leaves thousands of SA Muslims stranded

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Saudi’s travel ban leaves thousands of SA Muslims stranded

The ban on all foreigners travelling to Mecca for Umrah comes just months before the annual Hajj pilgrimage

Senior reporter

Thousands of South Africans travelling to Mecca have been barred from entering Saudi Arabia for one of Islam’s most religious pilgrimages over fears of the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus.

The ban on all foreigners travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Umrah, which comes just months before the annual Hajj pilgrimage, was announced on Thursday.

While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in that country, there are more than 200 confirmed cases in countries within the Middle East...

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