Kuwait rejects shortening of travel quarantine

Kuwait City: It’s been a week since Kuwait’s Civil Aviation submitted a proposal to the Minister of Health suggesting home quarantine for travellers to be shortened. An informed source revealed to Al Rai media that there is no change in the quarantine period for those arriving from abroad.

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The Civil Aviation proposed reducing the home quarantine for passengers arriving from abroad from 14 days to 7 days, pointing out that it would have a positive effect on the travel industry and alleviate the economic effect.

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The source said the “health authorities are following the issued procedures and they are monitoring the COVID-19 situtation”.

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In addition, the source added that the travel ban imposed on 34 countries is still in effect, yet some countries might be added or removed from the list depending on the health situation and the recommendation from health officials in the respective countries. Most recently, France, Argentina and Yemen have been added to the banned list, while Singapore was removed.

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The Deputy Director General for Airport Affairs, Saleh Al Fadaghi, revealed to Al Qabas that once a COVID-19 vaccine is available in the country, all travel restrictions will be lifted and the airport will resume to a 100 per cent capacity.

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Currently, the Kuwait International Airport is operating at a 30 per cent capacity.

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The Executive Committee for the Restarting of Commercial Flights decided to exempt aircraft and technical crew from the mandatory 14-day home quarantine. In coordination with the Ministry of Health, aircraft staff and crew will be continuously examined and tested to ensure all health precautions are taken.

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In addition, two week ago Saleh Al Fadaghi revealed that the Ministry of Health has received a proposal to allow travellers arriving from the 34 banned countries to quarantine in facilities in Kuwait instead of abroad, Al Anba reported. Al Fadaghi said that the Minister of Health, Dr. Basel Al Sabah, is reviewing the proposal and will come to a decision.

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