Ebola: Saudi Arabia ends visas to people from Congo

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Saudi Arabia has discontinued issuing visas to those from the Democratic Republic of Congo over fears of spreading Ebola during the Hajj Pilgrimage.

The Saudi Arabia Foreign Affairs made the announcement on Wednesday, July 24 in a note cited by Al Jazeera saying ” The granting of Arrivals visas for people entering from DRC has been stopped, to conserve the well-being of Pilgrims”.

The new development came following the World Health Organisation”s (WHO) declaration of Ebola outbreak in Congo’s Easternorth Kivu and Ituri provinces a global health emergency.

Despite warnings from WHO against the closure of border or restrictions of travel or trade because of Ebola, urging governments and people around the world not to panic in response to the outbreak hence the Saudi Arabia’s new development.

Ebola virus has killed over 1,700 people – more than two-thirds of those who contacted it since it emerged last August. said Congo’s health ministry.

The suspension also affects non-citizens, as long as you are coming from Congo.

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