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Kuwait mulls ways for return of expat public sector employees

22 September 2020

The government in Kuwait is likely to announce a new online platform shortly, aimed at facilitating the return of expat public sector employees who are stuck abroad where the commercial flights to Kuwait are banned.

The Education Ministry is already coordinating with other state departments to bring back the Public school teachers who are stuck abroad before the 2020-21 school year begins on 4th October.

The Ministry’s Acting Undersecretary, Faisal Al-Maqseed confirmed this, in coordination with the Interior and Health Ministries, and said that they are looking to bring back the teachers stuck abroad, and for this purpose, the authorities plan to build a smartphone app or website wherein eligible expat state employees can register and their employers can follow-up their return process.

Meanwhile, ‘informed government sources’ said that the education and health ministries, are the ones that employ the largest number of expats among all state departments, and they have already provided the list of their employees who have stuck abroad and whose services are needed.

Further, they have also provided the suggested return dates for their employees and the necessary quarantine measures to be taken upon arrival.

Although the airport is open for flights from across the world, Kuwait had announced a list of 34 ‘hotspot countries’ from where the flights are suspended until further notice. This decision was taken in order to contain he Covid-19 spread.

Discussions are on to come up with a mechanism to return the public sector employees.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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