Travel in the COVID-Zone

Travel in the COVID-Zone
July 29, 2020

Foreigners banned from 2020’s Hajj Pilgrimage

Foreign worshipers have been forbidden from attending this year’s annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Just 10,000 people who already reside in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be allowed to attend in a bid to avoid further infections in the nation, which currently sits in the top 20 worst affected countries. Hajj welcomed 2.5 million pilgrims in 2019.

Read more: Muslim Pilgrimages: Hajj

The results of our twitter poll are in…

In our recent twitter poll, we asked our followers what their travel plans look like over the coming months. 63.6% of participants said that they will not be travelling anywhere before the end of the year, with none of the participants planning on travelling for business!

Although the poll is clearly a bit of fun, it does somewhat mimic the results of other, larger-scale surveys. In a recent survey by Opinium, on behalf of iCarhireinsurance.com, it was found 42% are planning on booking holidays for 2021, but won’t be bothering with 2020.

Latest Coronavirus News & Statistics

  • Bicycle discounts to be ‘prescribed’ by the NHS as Boris Johnson announces cycling revolution to combat obesity in the UK.

  • Kenya has banned the sale of alcohol as a part of an extension to their curfew which is expected to last for at least one more month.
  • More than half of Mumbai’s Slum dwellers have had the coronavirus, according to a scientific survey carried out by the municipality, the government think-tank Niti Aayog and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Main image: Holy Ka’ba, Camera Eye, Flickr Creative Commons