COVID-19: Kuwait plans limited flights from banned countries

Cairo: Kuwait plans limited flights for its citizens from a number of countries with which it has halted flights for more than four months now to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a local media report disclosed today.

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Instructions have been made to open ticket reservations for flights from the banned countries for Kuwaiti nationals, their first-degree relatives and domestic workers, Al Anba newspaper said, citing what it described as well-informed sources.

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The flights will be operated by the state carrier, the Kuwait Airways, they added.

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The sources have asked the Kuwaitis present in the banned countries to reserve tickets for flights, without giving specific dates.

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In August, Kuwait announced banning direct flights from dozens of “high-risk” countries until further notice over COVID-19 concerns.

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Large communities

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The ban includes India, Pakistan, Egypt, and the Philippines that have large communities of expatriates in Kuwait.

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On Saturday, Kuwait resumed international flights, ending their suspension and the closure of its land sea borders that took effect on December 21 to prevent the spread of a new strain of COVID-19.

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However, Kuwait continues to enforce its ban on flights with 35 countries on health grounds. The United Kingdom was the latest country added to the list, after the new fast-moving variant of the virus was detected there.

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