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Kuwait Airport returns to pre-pandemic normalcy for vaccinated travellers

22 February 2022

Kuwait’s airport opened doors today for people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, for the first time in two years, although with restrictions.

Fully vaccinated travelers were allowed to travel with no constraints. This is another indication that the country is getting back to normalcy.

Currently, passengers of all nationalities travelling to and from Kuwait International Airport, are required to follow a set of regulations based on their vaccination status.

For those who are fully vaccinated, no PCR test is necessary prior to travel and upon arrival. However, they do not require quarantine upon arrival.
Partially vaccinated travellers need not take PCR prior to arrival, but should quarantine for seven days. Upon receiving a negative PCR test the quarantine can be ended.

Unvaccinated travellers should do a PCR test 72 hours before arrival. A seven-day quarantine is necessary. Upon receiving a negative PCR test result, the quarantine can be ended. These are even applicable to children below 16yrs.

Kuwait International Airport is now open fully to expats, including residents and visitors, and this gives hope that aviation traffic in Kuwait can return to pre-pandemic levels soon. The new rules come before weeklong national holiday and is one of the busiest times of the year for travel.

With the ease of Covid19 restrictions in Kuwait, unvaccinated people are now allowed entry into malls, cinemas etc., provided they produce a negative PCR test result with 72 hours validity. Mosques are also allowed to end physical distancing, while indoor meetings and conferences are also allowed to take place. Social gatherings are allowed too, provided health protocols are followed. Unvaccinated Children below 16yrs are allowed entry into schools provided they produce a negative PCR test certificate.

Kuwait had adopted restrictions owing to spread of Omicron Coronavirus variant on 10th January.

Robin Vinod

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