Saudi Arabia suspends visas over Guinea ebola outbreak

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
By Paul Martin

Visas suspended for Muslim pilgrims from Guinea and Liberia due to contagious nature of deadly disease

TheGuardian.com
Tuesday 1 April 2014

Saudi Arabia has announced the suspension of visas for Muslim pilgrims from Guinea and Liberia, two countries hit by an outbreak of the deadly ebola epidemic.

The Saudi health ministry recommended the measure “due to the danger of the disease and its highly contagious” nature, the state news agency SPA reported.

The World Health Organisation has said it is not recommending travel or trade restrictions to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone, which has reported suspected cases of ebola, based on information currently available.

Muslims perform the hajj pilgrimage to the Saudi city of Mecca once a year, but they can make the minor umrah pilgrimage to the kingdom all year round.

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