The Ministry of Interior has announced some changes to the current curfew restrictions that have been put in place as part of the Kingdom’s response to the Covid-19 virus. The main point is that the curfew hours will change and not apply from 0900 to 1700 each day during the month of Ramadan.

However the exact application of these changes does vary from city to city so you must seek specific advice for your location. Equally, the guidance from the Ministry of Interior may be updated so you should monitor the websites described below for updates.

Some additional points:

If you are in a town or city that faces lockdown measures these will remain in place. For example, in Riyadh, it is expected that travel between districts will continue to be restricted. The Riyadh curfew will not apply from 0900 to 1700.

Travel during this period (0900 to 1700) should be for essential activities only like grocery shopping or medical requirements.

If you travel by car, there should be no more than 2 people in the vehicle (this includes the driver).

These changes will take effect from the 1st day of Ramadan which is expected to be Friday 24th April (subject to confirmation).

The full text of the announcement is available here:

https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=2077348#2077348

Useful Links:

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

We would also remind all expatriates in the Kingdom on visit visas to closely monitor your compliance with the duration of stay that you are permitted (usually 30 or 90 days) and not to overstay without prior contact with the Saudi Authorities. Should you need any assistance or have any questions please contact: [email protected]

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