Summary of Movement & Flight Restrictions – UPDATED Sunday 29th March 2020

The Authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continue to implement policies to try and contain the spread of Covid-19. The measures are well communicated through official websites in both English and Arabic and we have included a summary of all relevant restrictions in this article.

Please remember, if you are in Kingdom with a visit visa of any type (Tourist, Business, Commercial, Work Visit or Uniform Business) you must contact your Sponsor if you are approaching the end of either the overall visa validity period (usually 6, 12, 24 or 60 months) or the duration of stay that is permitted by your visa (usually 30 or 90 days) to obtain an extension. Do not overstay without contacting the Authorities in advance.

More information on visa compliance is available here.

If you have any questions or need any support for staff in the Kingdom please get in touch with Yazan at [email protected]

Summary

Measure: Start: Current End Date:
Curfew – 1500 to 0600 23rd March 2020 Until further notice
International Flights 15th March 2020 Until further notice
Domestic Flights 21st March 2020 Until further notice
Public Transport 21st March 2020 Until further notice

Curfew

A curfew from 1500 to 0600 has been announced by the Saudi Authorities. More information including exempted personnel can be found here.

The curfew will start from 1900 on Monday 23rd March and is expected to be in place until further notice.

Airspace Closure

The Kingdom announced that all international flights would be suspended from Sunday 15th March 2020 for a period of 14 days, up to 29th March 2020.

On the 29th March, the Saudi Arabian authorities confirmed that they will continue to halt all flights until further notice.

It is also likely (although not confirmed) that international flights will only resume on a phased basis depending on the extent of the outbreak in the foreign country.

The resumption of domestic flights, which were cancelled on the 21st March, will be decided based on the extent of the outbreak in the Kingdom. As of the 29th March, this is until further notice.

Other Measures

All public transport including taxis has been suspended from 21st March for a period of 14 days, up to 4th April 2020. This has now been extended indefinitely by the Saudi Arabian authorities.

Sources of Information

https://www.spa.gov.sa/home.php?lang=en

https://www.arabnews.com/

https://www.moh.gov.sa/en/Pages/default.aspx

http://saudigazette.com.sa/Saudi-Arabia

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