- Saudi Arabia has launched a computerised system to refund the visa fees of pilgrims whose lesser hajj visits were suspended
- Saudi authorities cancelled Umrah trips in order to curb the spread of deadly coronavirus which is responsible for the death of thousands across the world
- But in a statement by its Ministry of Hajj, Saudi said those affected by the decision should contact the local agents in their country to demand the return of their fees
Saudi Arabia government has expressed its readiness to refund the Umrah fees and service charges to people whose pilgrimage trips were cancelled as a result of its decision to put a temporary suspension on the lesser hajj.
Legit.ng recalls that in a statement by its foreign ministry, the oil-rich nation on Thursday, February 27 suspended visas for pilgrims wishing to visit the holy city of Mecca over coronavirus fears.
Visitation to the Prophet’s Mosque known as Masjid Nabawiy in Medina was also suspended to avoid the tragic spread of the disease.
But providing further updates through its Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in a statement on Sunday, March 1, the Saudi government said it has launched an electronic service to refund the Umrah fees to pilgrims who have paid.
The country said the electronic process would allow Umrah agents in the respective countries to submit an electronic request to reclaim the fees paid by their travellers, Daily Trust reports.
Saudi also said those who have problems with getting their visa funds should see their local Umrah agents.
Saudi Arabia annually plays host to a legion of pilgrims across the world who come to the county to perform voluntary bigger and lesser hajj which include visitation to two holiest sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Adeleke Mamora, minister of state for health, says regular washing of hands with soap and water is "critical" to prevent contracting deadly coronavirus.
Speaking on Channels TV's Sunrise Daily on Monday, March 2, the health minister said the country is making a strong push towards curbing the epidemic since the first case recorded.
He gave further updates on the situation of the viral disease Mamora said all hands are on deck to ensure that all the control processes are strengthened.
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