Passengers perplexed over 3-day quarantine – PCR test mandatory

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KUWAIT CITY, May 26: Confusion and misunderstanding regarding the three-day home quarantine requirement engulfed passengers arriving in the country, reports Al-Rai daily. The daily quoted some arriving passengers as saying that instructions were given requiring them to undergo home quarantine for three days and a PCR test to ensure they are not infected with coronavirus. However, a source from the health sector clarified there is no decision to require these passengers to be quarantined as the rule is to undergo a PCR test within three days after their return and to stay at home while waiting for the results.

The source said these passengers are home quarantined until the PCR test results show they are infected with the virus. He explained the passengers will undergo PCR test only once upon arrival — on the first, second or third day but it should not exceed three days. On other issues that arriving passengers are currently facing, the daily reported a female citizen expressed dissatisfaction as the Council of Ministers’ decisions were not widely circulated across regional and International airports. For example, travelers at Dubai International Airport were forced to wait for hours until the information about the quarantine exemption was checked. After that, they were allowed to board the plane.

However, upon arrival at the airport, they were informed about the need to quarantine while waiting for the results of the PCR test. Another traveler complained that they were not informed through Kuwait Mosafer platform about the PCR testing laboratory at Kuwait International Airport, indicating passengers were surprised upon finding out that some of the laboratories mentioned on the platform are located inside the airport while others are outside. Several departing passengers complained about the decision to ban unvaccinated citizens from traveling as many lost money due to the cancellation of their ticket reservations.

The daily said some citizens questioned measures taken by the Council of Ministers that restrict the freedom of citizens; many of whom have commercial interests abroad, others wish to travel for leisure during the summer vacation, and some want to visit relatives and friends in other countries. They called on the concerned authorities to reconsider the decision to ban unvaccinated citizens from traveling as they have been incurring huge losses due to frequent changes in the rules on traveling. The Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy said the sector concerned with evaluating the performance of the ministry’s employees will soon feed the data in the Civil Service Commission’s system, reports Al-Rai daily. The daily added, the ministry has shortlisted about 17,000 employees with excellent performance, an increase of about 4,000 over the previous year. Meanwhile, the sources explained the Financial Affairs Sector has asked the Administrative Affairs Sector to provide it with the lists of names of employees who have been exempted from working hours since the start of the Corona crisis and the names of those who have obtained what it called the ‘degree of excellence to decide how and to what extent these employees can be rewarded.

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