Returning expats to Kuwait will have to secure certification to prove that you are coronavirus-free starting this March 8.
Taking in consideration the safety and health of Kuwaiti nationals, the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh said that expats returning to Kuwait coming from countries like Bangladesh, Syria, India, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Lebanon, Georgia, and the Philippines need to secure a medical examination (PCR-certificate) that confirms they are free from coronavirus (COVID-19) before they will be allowed to enter Kuwait.
The said directive is in line with the coronavirus outbreak in the country. According to the Circular No. 25 by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) released on March 3, 2020, it states that expats must complete a medical examination that confirms that they are free from the new coronavirus. The PCR certificate must also come from accredited health centers of the country of origin and must first be approved by the Kuwait Embassy.
In case the country does not have a Kuwaiti Embassy, the certificate must be attested by the Certified Health Authority of the country of origin.
Passengers without the certificate will not be allowed to enter Kuwait as of March 8. They will be deported back to their country without compensation for their financial costs and the airline company will also be fined for violating the circular. Only Kuwaiti citizens are exempted from the said circular.
For the past 24 hours, there were no new coronavirus cases reported in the country according to the Health Authority. Meanwhile, the medical team is intensively monitoring the conditions of the patients.
Last March 2, the Kuwaiti Cabinet expressed their heartfelt thanks to those who provided assistance and exerted efforts to combat the novel coronavirus. The precautionary measures are done to limit the number of infected individuals was also praised by the Cabinet.
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