| 14 April 2024, Sunday |

Kuwait ends quarantine for incoming vaccinated travellers

Travelers to Kuwait who have been vaccinated or had recovered from Covid-19 during the last three months are no longer required to quarantine upon their arrival, a cabinet statement carried by state news agency late on Tuesday said.

Passengers flying into the country will need to provide that a negative PCR test within 72 hours from their arrival date, the cabinet said in a statement.

Direct commercial flights for India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are limited to departing flights only, while cargo flights will continue, until further notice, in bid to avoid the spreading of the virus.

The government said, last week, that it was indefinitely halting direct commercial flights from Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Those who have resided in or transited through any of those four countries must spend a minimum of 14 days outside of these countries to be allowed to enter Kuwait.

An exemption was offered for citizens wishing to travel who have not been vaccinated. Those who cannot get the vaccine for health reasons will be allowed to travel with the consent of the health ministry, starting from Saturday, May 22.

Non vaccinated pregnant women with valid certificates are also included in the exemption.

The government said, earlier this month, that a travel ban will be imposed on citizens and their domestic helpers who have not taken the vaccine.

The ban will come into effect as of Saturday, May 22.

Restaurants and cafes across Kuwait were also allowed to welcome customers from Sunday, May 23.

Hospitality venues must, however, comply with Covid-19 rules in order to keep open.

The easing of restrictions has come at time when the country’s covid-19 health crisis has “stabilised”,health minister Basel Al Sabah said this week.

On Tuesday, the country reported 1,084 new infected cases, five deaths and 1,100 recoveries.

The total number of infected cases now stands 293,574, while the overall death is 1,701