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Modified health and travel rules in Kuwait from 1st August

29 July 2021

As per the latest rules in Kuwait, unvaccinated nationals will not be allowed to travel abroad. This rule is however exempted for children below 16 years of age and pregnant women. 

The Civil Aviation Authority has also announced that people who are entering Kuwait should possess negative report of the Covid-19 PCR test prior to boarding their flights, and should not show any symptoms. 

Upon arrival in Kuwait, they have to remain in home quarantine for seven days. 

Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti authorities have relaxed the restrictions imposed due to Covid-19 pandemic, and have permitted almost all activities except gatherings. 

Health Rules 

The Civil Aviation Authorities in Kuwait have also notified airlines operating in the country about health rules pertaining to foreign residents entering the country, as the ban of six months is likely to be lifted from 1st August. 

The circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation says that expats who are already vaccinated will have to register themselves in the health ‘Shlonik app’ and the ‘Kuwait Mosafer Platform’, and this is necessary for all passengers travelling to and from the country. 

All vaccinated expatriates will have to undergo week-long domestic quarantine starting from the date of arrival in Kuwait. Before ending the quarantine, they should undergo the PCR test and if the result is negative, the isolation measure would be terminated. 

As for expats inoculated abroad with vaccines approved in Kuwait, they will have to get their vaccination certificates accredited, for which, they will have to upload them on the Health Ministry website. Further, upon arrival in Kuwait they will have to complete registration through the Shlonik app and the Kuwait Musafar Platform. 

The vaccines approved in Kuwait are two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and a dose of Johnson & Johnson. 

Since 7th February this year, expats have been barred from travelling to Kuwait, and this ban will be lifted from 1st August, and fully vaccinated expats with valid residency permit will be allowed entry. 

Robin Vinod

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

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