In accordance with the decision by the Kuwait government, non-Kuwaitis can travel to Kuwait from 21st February, after the two-week ban that was in place until now, to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
This, however, is not applicable to the 35 ‘high-risk’ countries, and the passengers travelling from these countries will still not be allowed direct entry into Kuwait.
Further, beginning 21st February, all airlines will have to bear the cost of the PCR tests (KD30) for all passengers’, and this will be automatically included to the ticket price, said the latest circular by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The Kuwait airport is already working towards allocating PCR stations and laboratories on-site for all travellers arriving into Kuwait, who need to undergo the Covid-19 test.
Nationals and residents arriving into Kuwait from 21st February will have to quarantine themselves in a hotel for the first seven days at their own expense. Further, before coming to Kuwait, they should register on the Kuwait Mosafer application.
It is the responsibility of the airlines to ensure that the passenger booking a ticket to Kuwait has the necessary institutional hotel quarantine booking, and that other travel requirements such as PCR tests are being done on landing in Kuwait, said the DGCA spokesman, Saad Al Otaibi.
Hotels are meanwhile working on setting a weekly-price list for accommodation of the passengers, and are designating certain floors of the hotel for quarantining guests and all meals will be provided in disposable containers to prevent transmission of the virus.
On completion of the seven days hotel quarantine, the passengers will have to quarantine at home for another seven days.