Kuwait: Unvaccinated domestic workers to go into hotel quarantine

Cairo: Foreign domestic workers, who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, will undergo institutional quarantine upon arrival in Kuwait, according to aviation sources, as the Gulf country is easing travel restrictions.

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“If allowed to return, the unvaccinated domestic workers will be subjected to 14-day institutional quarantine, in addition to showing a virus PCR testing certificate obtained 72 hours at most before arrival,” the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai quoted a source at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as saying.

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A virus swab will, moreover, taken from the unvaccinated workers upon arrival at the airport and before they are quarantined at hotels booked beforehand by their sponsors, the source added.

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The paper quoted well-informed DGCA sources as saying that the decision to allow return of domestic workers to Kuwait is linked to health regulations.

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On Thursday, Kuwait said vaccinated expatriates can enter the country starting August 1, ending a months-long ban on their entry.

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The government said that foreigners seeking to enter Kuwait must have received two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

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The returnees must also provide a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to their arrival and will have to spend seven days in quarantine.

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Kuwait has halted issuing new visas since the start of the pandemic early last year. Authorities have also barred non-Kuwaitis from entering the country since February 7. The travel restrictions have stranded thousands of expatriates abroad.

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