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PCR tests for all arrivals to Kuwait; Flights to and from Britain suspended

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 3:   The health authorities in Kuwait have raised precautionary measures at Kuwait Airport, as part of the new medical protocols for confronting the new strain of the mutated Coronavirus, as “PCR” examination for all arrivals to Kuwait has been made compulsory.
The examination procedure for all arrivals was implemented during evacuation trips of Kuwaiti citizens in May later only random checks for arrivals were conducted. Now due to the spread of new strain of the mutated virus  PCR examination for everyone has been made compulsory.  The health sources confirmed that no mutated virus cases were recorded in Kuwait.
On the second day the operations went smooth as commercial flights started operating to and from Kuwait as Kuwait Airport was closed for 10 days to avoid spread of mutated strain of coronavirus. Strict implementation of health measures starting from entrance gates to monitor temperatures through thermal cameras is being carried out for all visitors. 

In the departure halls, passengers have to adhere to  social distance registering in Kuwait Mosafir is being carried out. The Deputy Director General for Airport Affairs at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Saleh Al-Fadaghi, confirmed that there are periodic and continuous reviews around the clock for all decisions made in the matter of air traffic.

Al-Fadaghi said smooth procedures are followed at the airport for arrivals or departures alike, explaining that all concerned cadres work around the clock to facilitate procedures for passengers and monitor any changes that appear in the operation process.

Those coming to Kuwait are required to conduct a PCR test no more than 96 hours before travel with registering on “Shlonak” app which begins with home quarantine for a period of 14 days upon their return to the country. 
Currently Kuwait has suspended direct commercial flights to and from Britain starting from 6th Jan (Wednesday) until further notice.  This decision comes upon the instructions of the health authorities, in order to avoid the spread of the new and mutated strain of coronavirus.

Al-Fadaghi stated that the list of banned countries will continue, which reached 35 without any change, residents from banned countries returning to Kuwait have to spend 14 days in a non banned country and then return to Kuwait. Only Kuwaitis and their first degree relatives are allowed to come from 35 banned countries without spending 14 days in a non banned country.

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