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Rights of Pilgrims Must be Protected

The government is seeking a solution to protect prospective pilgrims who have not yet departed, especially on matters related to their travel agencies, airlines, accommodation, visas and lodging.

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Would-be umrah (minor haj) pilgrims from Situbondo, board buses to go home after receiving confirmation about the cancellation of their flights at the departure terminal Juanda International Airport in Sidoarjo, East Java, (27/2/2020).

JAKARTA, KOMPAS - Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned foreigners from 24 countries, including Indonesia, from visiting the country for the umrah (minor haj). The measure was announced by the Saudi government on Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the kingdom.

In a response to the ban, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said in Jakarta on Thursday that the Indonesian government was in communication with Saudi Arabian authorities to ensure that pilgrims who had landed in the country were allowed to continue their pilgrimage.

Editor: Syahnan Rangkuti
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