EgyptAir cancels bookings of Umrah visa holders
In a statement, the Egyptian state-owned company added that the cancellation decision has been enacted on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The company affirmed that holders of the cancelled visas will not be fined.
بناءً على قرار الحكومة السعودية بتعليق الدخول إلى المملكة لأغراض العمرة وزيارة المسجد النبوي مؤقتاً من حاملي تأشيرات العمرة وكذلك حاملي تأشيرات السياحة القادمين من الدول التي يشكل انتشار فيروس كورونا الجديد(19-COVID)منها خطراً pic.twitter.com/uKV325527I— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) February 27, 2020
Egyptian authorities on Thursday ordered to oblige travel agencies and airlines organizing Umrah pilgrimage or visits to the Prophet's Mosque in the western city of Medina to promptly refund fees of bookings to their customers.
The Saudi decision also banned tourism visas from countries where the virus spread. It temporarily bars Saudi citizens and citizens of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) from moving to or from the kingdom using their national IDs. However, exceptions include Saudi citizens outside the kingdom who are willing to return in case they left the country by their national IDs and the GCC citizens inside the Kingdom, in case they need to leave Saudi Arabia.
The new precautions are “based on the recommendations of the competent health authorities to apply the highest precautionary standards and take proactive preventive measures to prevent the emergence of the coronavirus in the Kingdom and its spread,” the statement added.