The Saudi government has canceled pilgrimages to other countries this year due to a global outbreak of the Coronavirus. Only locals and non-locals living in Saudi Arabia will be able to perform Hajj.
According to a detailed statement issued by the Saudi Foreign Ministry, it will not be possible for such a large number of visitors to travel on social distances, which could increase the risk of further spread of the Coronavirus.
The statement said that at present, more than 500,000 people have been killed and about 7 million have been affected by the Coronavirus, which has spread to 180 countries around the world. On the other hand, there is no cure or vaccine available yet. In such a situation, a large gathering like Hajj could lead to further spread of the virus globally.
According to the Foreign Ministry, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has canceled the Hajj this year for pilgrims wishing to come from abroad in view of these concerns, but people residing in Saudi Arabia can perform Hajj on a limited scale. This permission is not only for Saudi citizens but also for people from other countries residing in Saudi Arabia.