Focus on ‘Kuwait Mosafer’ app
KUWAIT CITY, June 2: The travel ban on those who have not been vaccinated is a legally-sound ministerial decision based on the powers entrusted to the Minister of Health in times of pandemics and epidemics, reports Al-Anba daily quoting informed sources. They explained that the decision published in the official gazette was clear that it was issued by the competent minister and not by the Cabinet. The decision was presented to the Cabinet for opinion, and it is 100 percent legal and there is no room for its annulment. The Fatwa and Legislation Department is ready to defend it in the appeal submitted to overturn it.
The sources stressed that it is not possible to cancel the decision, affirming the readiness of the concerned committees to study the proposals and claims presented, including some exceptions, to be approved in the event of a health recommendation. They listed the advantages of the “Kuwait Traveler” (Mosafer) app, which was implemented last year. The sources explained that this app is still in use, as it aims to give those traveling in and out of Kuwait necessary information, instructions and the services provided as well as elaborate on how to benefit from this app for facilitating procedures to travel in and out of Kuwait.
Meanwhile, Al-Qabas daily reported that the Ministry of Health announced the launch of the Mosafer (traveler) clinic this week at the vaccination center in the Islamic Medical Center of the Sabah Specialized Health Zone. The clinic has started receiving patients who are supposed to be treated abroad in order to provide necessary vaccines after they are referred by the Overseas Treatment Department with forms containing the names of patients and their companions. The clinic also receives students on overseas scholarship after they submit proof of the scholarship. This step comes to make it easier for students to continue their studies and for the sick to travel abroad for treatment, as it shortens the procedures for obtaining COVID-19 vaccines, and takes into account the conditions to ensure the safety of the patients and their companions. It also reduces the time required for the process without compromising the information needed to register the patient or his sickness and the immunization protocols approved in terms of type, duration and date registered. It should be noted that the working hours of the clinic is from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily including the weekends.