KUWAIT CITY, May 9: A member of the Board of Directors of the Union of Travel and Tourism Agencies and the Chairman of the union’s Media Committee Hussein Al-Sulaiteen revealed that the destinations that people desire to spend their Eid Al-Fitr holidays are usually those close by such as Dubai, Istanbul, Saudi Arabia (Umrah), Cairo, Sharm el-Sheikh, and Maldives, reports Al-Anba daily. In a press statement, he indicated that the ticket prices to travel to and from these countries may range between KD 250 and KD 300, inclusive of the cost of PCR test upon return. Al-Sulaiteen explained that there is an increase by ten percent in the demand for reservations during the Eid holidays compared to the same period last year when the rate of COVID-19 cases had reached the peak.
There is a massive turnout of citizens at the tourism offices to enquire about travel procedures, but many of them back away from the decision to travel because of the high prices and some government measures, including the requirement for one-week home quarantine for the vaccinated people, and the results of two PCR tests, which cost about KD 60. This will cost each traveler about KD 300 in total to travel to nearby destinations, and the total cost for a single family vacation may reach about KD 2,000. The ongoing limitation of passengers arriving at Kuwait International Airport, which is 35 passengers, contributes to the increase in ticket prices.
This forces a large percentage of people to opt to stay in the country. Al-Sulaiteen indicated that the prices will continue at the same pace if the Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) does not enhance the operating rate of Kuwait International Airport, which is expected to reopen by August at the most, as it will revive the travel and tourism movement, and subsequently resuscitate the travel agencies from the heavy losses they have been enduring since the COVID-19 outbreak.