MOI imposes a 24-hour curfew in Makkah

Curfew in Makkah

The Ministry of Interior has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the following 6 districts of Makkah. These measures are aimed at preventing anyone from entering or leaving these areas all through the day.

This measure has been taken after the Ministry of Health announced 40 cases from Makkah on March 30, 2020.

  1. Ajyad District.
  2. Al-Masafi District.
  3. Al-Misfalah District.
  4. Al-Hujun District.
  5. Al-Nakasa District.
  6. Housh Bakr District.

Curfew in Madinah

The Ministry of Interior has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the following 6 districts of Madinah. 

  1. Al-Shuraybaat District.
  2. Bani Zufr District.
  3. Qurbaan District.
  4. Al-Jum'a District.
  5. Iskaan District.
  6. Bani Khudr District.

curfew in madina

Curfew in Jeddah, Riyadh

In an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus in the country, the Suadi government has announced that the curfew will begin from 3:00 pm to 6:00 am in Jeddah starting from 29 March 2020.

In addition to that, all the entries and exit from Jeddah city are closed until further notice.

Four cities have been included in the early curfew.

  1. Makkah
  2. Madina
  3. Riyadh
  4. Jeddah

The following are the guidelines issued by the Saudi Press Agency.

  1. The Saudi government has restricted movement between 13 regions of the country.
  2. It is forbidden to enter or leave the cities of Riyadh, Makkah and Madina and Jeddah.
  3. The curfew will start from 3:00 pm starting and end on 6:00 am.

Curfew in other cities

On 23rd March, King Salman issued orders to impose curfew in all cities and provinces of Saudi Arabia starting from Monday evening to control the spread of coronavirus disease for a period of 21 days starting from March 23.

The curfew was imposed after the Ministry of Health announced 119 cases in a single day bringing the total number of cases to 562.

All other cities of Saudi Arabia will continue to respect the previous curfew timings i.e. from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.

Fine and Jail for violating curfew

The Ministry of Interior has announced that anyone who goes out during curfew will face a fine of SR 10,000 and could be jailed as well.

In case if anyone commits the violation for the second time by going out during curfew, he will have to face a fine of SR 20,000 and a jail term of 20 days.

During these difficult times, citizens and residents are encouraged to stay in their homes. The curfew is imposed on all Saudis and residents except the following categories.

Exclusions to Curfew

Food Sector

Employees of the food sector such as catering, supermarkets, poultry and vegetable shops, meat, bakeries, food factories, and laboratories.

Health Sector

Health sector such as pharmacies, medical clinics (dispensaries), hospitals, laboratories, factories, factories and materials, and medical devices.

Media Sector

The media sector in its various means.

Transport Sector

The transportation sector, such as those transporting goods, parcels, customs clearance, warehouses, warehouses, logistics services, supply chains for the health sector, the food sector, and port operations;

E-commerce activities

E-commerce activities such as those working in the electronic procurement applications for the excluded activities and those working in the delivery applications of the excluded activities;

Accommodation services

Accommodation services activities such as hotels and furnished apartments.

Energy sector

Energy sectors such as gas stations and emergency services for the electric company.

Financial services

Financial services and insurance sectors, such as direct accidents (Najm), urgent health insurance services (approvals), and other insurance services.

Telecom Sector

Telecom sector as Internet and communication network operators;

Water sector

The water sector such as the water company emergency services and home drinking water delivery service (graying).

Delivery services

Delivery services through smart device applications (express delivery services) during the curfew will be allowed for food and drug needs and other essential goods and services that are excluded and delivered to homes.


Muezzins will be allowed to access mosques to lift the call to prayer at the time of the curfew.

Diplomatic Missions

Workers in diplomatic missions and international organizations and the like residing in the Diplomatic Quarter will be allowed to move during the curfew period.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.