Kuwait rejects shortening of travel quarantine

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Kuwait: It has been a week since Kuwait Civil Aviation submitted a proposal to the Minister of Health suggesting shortening the home quarantine for travelers. A knowledgeable source revealed to Al Rai media that there is no change in the quarantine period for people arriving from overseas.

Civil Aviation has proposed reducing the home quarantine for passengers arriving from abroad from 14 to 7 days, stressing that this would have a positive effect on the travel industry and mitigate the economic effect.

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

Further, the source added that the travel ban imposed on 34 countries is still in effect, but some countries could be added or removed from the list depending on the health situation and the recommendation of health officials in the country. the respective countries. More recently, France, Argentina and Yemen were added to the banned list, while Singapore was removed.

Vision of civil aviation

Deputy Director General of Airport Affairs Saleh Al Fadaghi revealed to Al Qabas that once a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available in the country, all travel restrictions will be lifted and the airport will resume at 100% of his capacity.

Currently, Kuwait International Airport is operating at a capacity of 30%.

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

In addition, two weeks ago, Saleh Al Fadaghi revealed that the Ministry of Health had received a proposal to allow travelers arriving from the 34 banned countries to self-quarantine at facilities in Kuwait rather than foreigner, Al Anba reported. Al Fadaghi said Health Minister Dr Basel Al Sabah is reviewing the proposal and will make a decision.

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