A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Kingdom stated that they had been following developments of the virus for some time.
In order to support countries impacted by the virus it said the Kingdom would be implementing ‘approved international standards’ in the form of a temporary ban on pilgrimages.
It has temporarily suspended entry into the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque.
It has also suspended entry for those travelling into the Kingdom with a tourist visa, if they have come from countries where the virus has been spreading.
The statement also revealed that the Kingdom would be suspending Saudi nationals and citizens of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council with national identity cards from travelling to and from the Kingdom, with the exception of Saudis who are abroad.
‘The Kingdom affirms that these procedures are temporary, and is subject to continuous evaluation by the competent authorities.