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Ban on expats entry continues to stay

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KUWAIT CITY, April 18:Kuwait International Airport operated a total of 182 commercial flights — 89 departures and 93 arrivals — in the first three days of the blessed month of Ramadan, reports Al-Qabas daily. According to the latest statistics, India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) topped the list of destinations during the abovementioned period; followed by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and Bahrain. An official source from the airport revealed that passenger movement is proceeding smoothly in line with the Cabinet’s decision to ban the entry of non-Kuwaitis until further notice; while Kuwaitis, their first-degree relatives and accompanying workers are allowed to enter the country.

The source said there is no change in the number of arriving passengers as it is still within the normal level — not more than 1,000 passengers per day, affirming the medical and technical teams are ready to provide all services to travelers. The source confirmed all the circulars issued by civil aviation authorities are in line with the directives of health authorities in implementing the health regulations to curb the spread of the new strains of coronavirus from different countries around the world.

Meanwhile, a source from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) affirmed the approval of laboratories within the MUNA program to ensure the reliability of PCR examination certificates for passengers from Pakistan and the Philippines. The source said the entities operating at the airport are exerting tremendous efforts to better serve travelers, facilitate passenger movement and implement health regulations to curb the spread of corona.

Following are the accredited laboratories in the Philippines:

1. Detoxicare Swab Center in Batangas, Nueva Ecija and Quezon City
2. One World in Bulacan, Makati and Pasay
3. MP Diagnostics in Mandaluyong and Manila
4. Hi-Precision Diagnostics – Covid Pass in Quezon City
5. Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory

Excel Laboratory in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Multan – Covid Pass

By Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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