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Airport for vaccinated travelers returns to pre-pandemic stage

Kuwait: Kuwait’s airport will open today for those who have not been vaccinated with COVID-19. Although there are restrictions, fully vaccinated travelers can travel with few restrictions. This shows that the country is approaching to return home. For normal life.

Currently, passengers of all nationalities arriving and departing from Kuwait International Airport are required to comply with a set of regulations depending on the status of vaccination. For fully vaccinated passengers, no PCR testing is required before or upon arrival, and no quarantine is required after arrival. Partially vaccinated passengers do not need to perform PCR prior to arrival, but should be quarantined for 7 days. This may result in a negative PCR test on arrival.

Unvaccinated passengers, on the other hand, must perform a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. You should also quarantine for 7 days and run the PCR test on the 7th day, and you can only end the quarantine if the result returns negative. These procedures do not apply to children under the age of 16, said the Director of Civil Aviation.

Earlier announcements by DGCA showed that the Cabinet’s decision to allow unvaccinated or partially travel to Kuwait last Monday applies only to Kuwaiti passengers. Sometimes caused controversy. “All travel procedures and PCR exemptions apply to Kuwait and expatriates,” it said in a new circulation on Friday.

With the enforcement of new regulations, Kuwait International Airport is open to expatriates, including residents and visitors, for the first time since the pandemic forced the airport to close more than two years ago. rice field. In addition, fully vaccinated travelers are now exempt from PCR and quarantine requirements, giving hope that Kuwait’s air traffic will return to pre-pandemic levels sooner rather than later. The new rules also apply before the weekly holidays. It is usually one of the busiest times of travel.

The Cabinet decided on Monday to relax the COVID-19 restrictions. This includes allowing unvaccinated people to enter malls and cinemas provided they have a negative PCR test result that is valid for 72 hours. The Cabinet has also agreed to return the capacity of employees in the state sector to 100% from March 13 and allow public transport to carry passengers at full capacity. Mosques can reduce physical distance, but can also hold indoor and conference meetings. Social gatherings, including weddings, are also permitted indoors or outdoors if health protocols are followed.

The Cabinet also requires that children under the age of 16 who have not been vaccinated with COVID-19 can enter school without having to bring a negative PCR test certificate and only students who show positive or symptomatic conditions should be quarantined. Was announced. On January 10, the Cabinet adopted restrictions to curb the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant in Kuwait. This would reduce the Department of State staff to 50 percent, request the private sector to reduce staff, apply physical distances at mosques, and increase passenger capacity for conferences and conferences, and public transport. Reduce to 50 percent.

https://www.kuwaittimes.com/airport-back-to-pre-pandemic-stage-for-vaccinated-travelers/ Airport for vaccinated travelers returns to pre-pandemic stage

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