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Tuesday , November 24 2020

Talks on to ease entry for banned 34 countries

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 24, (Agencies): During a meeting held last week among Kuwait Airways, Jazeera Airways, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Health, an agreement was reached to ease travel restrictions for the currently banned 34 countries, and gradually open the skies to those countries.

This will be done by classifying them into two categories – the first category, which comprises high risk countries, will be postponed for a while, and the second category comprises low-risk countries, which will be decided upon in the coming weeks, reports Al-Nahar daily.

According to informed sources, the quarantine period can be spent inside Kuwait and its hotels for a period ranging from one week to 14 days, depending on the country from where people are coming to Kuwait. They explained that the concerned authorities will study the outcome of the meeting, and issue a decision within a week at most.

For the first time, the government health agencies showed a tangible response to the process of opening the skies, especially since the two local airlines made a wonderful presentation of their health precautionary steps in dealing with passengers.

Kuwaiti Health Minister Sheikh Dr Bassel Al Sabah has shown “good signs” towards a proposal to allow the entry of passengers from dozens of countries on a flight ban list, a newspaper reported Saturday citing senior government sources.

The sources, quoted by Al Anba, said that Dr Al Sabah has initially agreed on the proposal to allow entry of passengers arriving at the Kuwait International Airport from the banned countries. “The minister requested an integrated action plan, including all executive measures, how to conduct virus-detecting tests and plans to receive arrivals from the 34 banned countries,” the sources added.

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