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Bhopal17 hours ago
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Amid the ban, the Saudi government on Wednesday banned entry from 20 countries around the world.
- The Saudi government tweeted
- The decision was made as the situation worsened with Corona
The big news for Muslims is that the Hajj pilgrimage has been hampered this year as well. Amid the ban, the Saudi government on Wednesday banned entry from 20 countries around the world. These countries include India. The initial period of the ban, imposed by Corona due to deteriorating conditions, is currently set for May 17, but the situation will be reviewed again after this date, it said.
The Saudi government said in a statement on its official Twitter account that travelers from the banned countries would not be able to reach Saudi Arabia from any other country. Countries that Saudi Arabia has banned from entering include the United Arab Emirates, Germany, the United States of America, Indonesia, Japan, Italy, Pakistan, Brazil, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, France, Lebanon and others.
Hajj will also suffer
Last year, a limited number of people attended the pilgrimage due to the deteriorating situation in Corona. At this time, passengers from India were not allowed to enter. About 65,000 people from across the country have applied for the Hajj pilgrimage in June this year. This includes about two and a half thousand applications from the state. The preparation process, which normally begins during this period, is currently stalled due to a lack of guidance from the Saudi government.
Looks great for Umra
By the way, people in Saudi Arabia go on Umrah (religious visit to Saudi Arabia) all year round. From 1 day to 1 month, people reach Saudi Arabia most during the month of Ramadan. In such a situation, people will not be able to go for Umrah due to the ban imposed on Wednesday. The ban will end on May 17, the month of Ramadan.
(Reporting by Khan Ashu, Bhopal)