COVID-19: Kuwaitis now free to arrive into the country at any time

Dubai: Kuwaitis arriving from the 31 countries currently on a ban list will now be allowed to enter the country at any time as long as they can show a PCR certificate with a validity of 72 hours, Al Anba Newspaper reported on Monday.

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According to Director of Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Eng. Yusef Al Fawzan, Kuwait’s health authorities have requested people to avoid travelling to and from 31 countries due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, and mentioned that the list undergoes a re-evaluation every 10 days after monitoring the health situation in those countries.

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Outlining the guidelines for travelling, he said that only a handbag is allowed while baggage is prohibited on the plane, adding that travel is not restricted to age limit and anyone can travel with a PCR certificate, health insurance for Kuwaitis and have registered through the app.

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Al Fawzan added that there were around 400 flights per day, but it is now reduced to 100 flights. Kuwait International Airport also strictly adheres to precautionary measures such as wearing face masks, physical distancing and wearing gloves.

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Expats from the banned country list cannot fly directly or via transit to Kuwait, but can arrive if they have stayed in any other country not on the ban list for 14 days and have secured a PCR test certificate, which is valid for 72 hours on arrival.

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