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Wednesday , December 1 2021

Decision to allow expats from banned countries faces difficulties

PCR test for KD 30

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 26: The decision to reduce the number of arrivals to Kuwait until February 6, is for airlines who are arriving in Kuwait and not departures; this is a temporary and limited measure. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation recommended not to close the airport, due to humanitarian cases outside Kuwait such as students who were abroad, stranded families were taken into account instead of a complete closure.  

Implementing the decision to allow passengers from the banned countries to enter Kuwait after spending 14 days of quarantine in a transit country is facing difficulties due to the limited passenger seats and cancellation of thousands of travel reservations by some airlines, reports Al-Qabas daily. This is due to the Cabinet’s decision to limit the number of expatriates entering the country by banning several countries and setting the operating capacity for arrival flights at 35 passengers per flight. Sources in the tourism and travel sector explained that expatriates traveling through transit countries will have to stay in those countries for additional periods due to the unavailability of flight tickets during this period.

Some expatriates, several hours prior to the implementation of the decision, had booked new “transit” tickets and crossed through several stations, most notably Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia, in order to return to Kuwait. The cost of tickets for expatriates traveling through transit countries reached about KD 850.

KD 30 for PCR test

The Health licensing department has approved a fixed price for conducting PCR test to detect coronavirus in private sector laboratories that meet requirements and standards of the Ministry of Health for not more than 30 Kuwaiti Dinars per test.

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