Filter for Saudi Arabia Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-26 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
The annual Hajj pilgrimage has also been scaled back, with Saudi authorities only permitting 1000 pilgrims residing in the country to participate.
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2020-07-19 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Pilgrims who have been selected to perform the Hajj this year are required to undergo quarantine; reports indicate that they began a seven-day quarantine on Sunday, July 19, and will also be required to self-quarantine for a second period after they have performed Hajj.
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2020-07-19 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Pilgrims who have been selected to perform the Hajj this year are required to undergo testing
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2020-07-19 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Face masks will be mandatory and social distancing measures will be enforced during all ceremonies and religious rituals; it is prohibited to touch the Kaaba.
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2020-06-24 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
June 24, Saudi officials announced that expatriate residents currently abroad would not be permitted to return to the country until the end of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.
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2020-06-21 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
phase out of movement restrictions with lifting or curfews
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2020-06-21 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The government has also permitted the resumption of economic and commercial activity.
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2020-06-21 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
lifting of the nationwide curfew on Sunday, June 21
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2020-06-21 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Citizens are urged to continue to practice social distancing and to wear masks in public.
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2020-06-21 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
The Saudi government has announced that remaining curfew restrictions will be lifted on June 21 throughout the Kingdom – with the exception of Mecca.
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2020-06-21 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
all except mecca: The Saudi government has announced that remaining curfew restrictions will be lifted on June 21 throughout the Kingdom
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2020-06-06 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
curfew hours from Saturday, June 6 through Saturday June 20 are 3 PM to 6 AM
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2020-06-06 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
movement in and out of the city is prohibited during curfew hours
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2020-06-01 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Requires Wearing Masks When Going Outside
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Saudi Arabian Airlines domestic flights appear to be available for booking from 1 June, however this might change at short notice.
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Saudi Arabian Airlines domestic flights appear to be available for booking from 1 June,
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2020-05-31 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
Effective May 31, residents of Makkah will be allowed in and out of the city from 6 am to 3 pm with the exception of the quarantined neighborhoods.
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2020-05-28 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
ease restrictions on movement across the Kingdom with the exception of Makkah, and resumption of some activities from next Thursday May 28
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2020-05-23 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
From 23 to 27 May, the authorities will impose a 24-hour full lockdown countrywide.
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2020-05-13 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
the 24-hour curfew the capital Riyadh, Tabuk (Tabuk province), rest of Jeddah, Taif (both Mecca province), Dammam, Dhahran, Qatif, Khobar (all Eastern province) and Hofuf will be reduced to 17.00 to 09.00.
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2020-05-13 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
the 24-hour curfew the capital Riyadh, Tabuk (Tabuk province), rest of Jeddah, Taif (both Mecca province), Dammam, Dhahran, Qatif, Khobar (all Eastern province) and Hofuf will be reduced to 17.00 to 09.00.
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2020-05-12 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The Saudi Ministry of Interior announced that an indefinite 24-hour curfew will be placed into effect in Baish province (Jazan region) as of Tuesday, May 12. All commercial activities will be suspended, with the exception of health facilities, pharmacies, supermarkets, gas stations, and banks, among others. It was not immediately reported for how long the measures will be in place.
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2020-05-12 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Residents and citizens will be allowed to leave their homes for essential errands, such as buying food or medical supplies, between the times of 09:00 to 17:00 (local time)
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2020-05-12 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
All members of the public will be prohibited from entering or exiting the Baish province. However, essential workers will be allowed to move within the province.
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2020-05-09 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Saudi authorities announced the easing of the total lockdown restrictions that had been introduced in parts of Medina on Friday, April 10. Residents of the areas of Ash-Shuraybat, Banidhafar, Qurban, and Al-Jumuah will be permitted to leave their homes between 09:00 and 17:00 (local time) as of Saturday. These restrictions have also been eased in parts of Al-Iskan and Bani Khedira.
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2020-05-09 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Curfew restrictions have been eased in Al-Qatif governorate (Eastern province). Residents are now allowed to go out during the curfew i.e. 09.00-17.00, as well as enter and exit the governorate.
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2020-05-02 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
to and exit from dammam will be banned until further notice, although movement for shipping and transporting goods will still be permitted. Factories and other industries that are considered essential will only be allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity.
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2020-04-29 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
Curfew restrictions have been eased in Al-Qatif governorate (Eastern province). Residents are now allowed to go out during the curfew i.e. 09.00 – 17.00 (local time).
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2020-04-29 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
restrictions have been eased in Al-Qatif governorate (Eastern province). Residents are now allowed to enter and exit the governorate.
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2020-04-10 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
authorities announced a total curfew in six districts in Medina (Medina province) until further notice: Al Jomaa, Al-Sherbat, Bani Dhafar, Qurban, and some areas of Al-Iskan and Bani Khidrah.
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2020-04-08 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
A night curfew between 15.00 and 06.00 will be imposed from 8 April until further notice. The ministry said curfew exemptions still apply to those in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media. Those who work in health services are also excluded from the curfew. The recently imposed curfew will begin at 15.00 instead of 19.00 in the cities of Dammam, Mecca, Medina, Riyadh and Taif, and Qatif governorate until further notice.
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2020-04-06 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
A 24-hour curfew is in effect in the capital Riyadh, Tabuk (Tabuk province), Jeddah, Taif (both Mecca province), Dammam, Dhahran, Qatif, Khobar (all Eastern province), and Hofuf until further notice
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2020-04-06 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
In cities and neighbourhoods under 24-hour lockdown only one adult from each household is allowed to leave their home to procure essentials such as food and medicine between 09.00 and 17.00 local time.
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2020-04-04 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew on 7 neighbourhoods in Jeddah. The curfew, which effective as of 15.00 on 4 April, will apply to the following neighbourhoods: Al-Mahjar, Al-Qurayyat, Ghulail, Kilo 13, Kilo 14 North, Kilo 14 South and Petromin. Entrance to and exit from these seven neighbourhoods in the Jeddah governorate is forbidden but residents can leave their homes to receive health care and buy food in their area between 06.00 and 15:00.
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2020-04-02 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
A 24-hour curfew is in effect in Mecca, Medina until further notice.
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2020-03-28 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All international flights in/out suspension is extended until further notice *Flights associated with humanitarian assistance, medical evacuation aircrafts as well as private flights are excluded under the new measures.
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2020-03-27 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
suspension of entry permission for travelers arriving for purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet´s Mosque
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2020-03-27 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
passengers arriving from China, Taiwan, Hongkong, Macao, Iran are not permitted to enter
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2020-03-27 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
suspension of touristvisa for passengers arriving from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Philippines,Singapor, India, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Azerbaijan, Kazakkhstan, Uzbekistan, Somalia, Vietnam
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2020-03-27 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
entry to Mecca and Medina of citizens from Gulf Cooperation Council countries is banned
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2020-03-26 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
travel between regions of Saudi Arabia is prohibited.
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2020-03-25 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
lockdown in Makkah, Madinah and Riyadh – no residents are allowed to enter or leave these cities – with immediate effect from 25 March; as well as a lockdown on circulation between the kingdom’s 13 regions
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2020-03-23 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
21 days. A night curfew between 19.00 and 06.00 will be imposed for 21 days starting from 23 March. BUT curfew will begin at 15.00 instead of 19.00 in the three cities of Riyadh, Mecca and Medina. **exceptions: apply to those in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media. Those who work in health services are also excluded from the curfew.
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2020-03-21 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
KSA suspended the presence and prayers in the outer squares of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque
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2020-03-21 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All domestic flights, bus, taxi, and train transportation are suspended for two weeks *citizens NOT EXEMPT *exempt: humanitarian assistance, medical evacuation aircrafts as well as private flights
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2020-03-21 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
All land crossings remain restricted to commercial trucks only.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
non essentials suspended including gatherings in parks, beaches, etc.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
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2020-03-15 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All international fights to and from *citizens NOT EXEMPT for 2 weeks
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2020-03-15 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
all flights to and from Saudi Arabia suspended for two weeks starting 15 March
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2020-03-14 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
suspension of sports competitions, closure of sport stadiums
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2020-03-14 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
the government calls upon its citizens and residents to avoid gatherings and follow preventive safety measures
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2020-03-12 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
suspension of all flights to and from Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Eritrea
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2020-03-12 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
suspension of all flights to EU countries, Switzerland, Philippines, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia
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2020-03-12 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
all Saudi citizens and residents are banned from travelling to Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Djibuit, Eritrea)
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2020-03-12 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
all Saudi citizens and residents are banned from travelling to Philippines, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia)
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2020-03-12 In Movement restrictions: Additional health/documents requirements upon arrival
all passengers must fill out a health declaration form upon arrival
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2020-03-12 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
all travelers arriving from Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Djibuti, Eritrea are banned from entry
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2020-03-12 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
all travelers arriving from Phillipins, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia are banned from entry
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2020-03-10 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
all travelers arriving from Oman, Spain, Germany, France, Turkey are banned from entry
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2020-03-10 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
all Saudi citizens and residents are banned from travelling to Oman, Spain, Germany, France, Turkey
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2020-03-10 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
suspension of all flights from and to Oman, Spain, Germany, France, Turkey
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2020-03-09 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
suspension of all flights from and to UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Italy, Korea
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2020-03-09 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
all travelers arriving from UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Italy, Korea are banned from entry
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2020-03-09 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
suspension of all schools, universities and other educational institutions
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2020-03-07 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
all travelers arriving from Italy, South Korea, Japan, Azerbaijan are banned from entry
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2020-03-07 In Movement restrictions: Additional health/documents requirements upon arrival
all arriving passengers from Egypt have to proof they have done a medical examination confiming to infection with COVID-19 by a laboratory approved by the Saudi embassy in Carior. Saudi nationals are exempt
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2020-03-07 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
border closure between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, UAE, and Kuwait (land borders with Qatar have been closed since 2017 already) for non-commercial traffic; air travel with these countries is restricted to international airports in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dhahran
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2020-02-27 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Suspension of entry for individuals wanting to perform the Umrah pilgrimage in Mecca or to visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, as well as tourists
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