As of January 17, the recruitment of domestic workers in Kuwait has been resumed. Those Kuwaiti citizens who are eyeing to recruit domestic workers can visit designated domestic labor companies in order to obtain a visa for their workers which is issued by the Ministry of Interior.
According to the decision issued by the supreme committee, only domestic helpers from five nationalities will be allowed entry into Kuwait. These nationalities are Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, and the Philippines.
These domestic workers will undergo different procedures according to the countries where they are from. But domestic workers from the Philippines are expected to undergo the most difficult process because the entire procedure that they had to go through will take two to three months.
First, they need to sign an agreement before they can leave the country and also do the routine examinations as a way to curb the spread of COVID-19. Unlike other countries like Sri Lanka, the process to exit the country is a lot easier and can go for about a month only.
Additionally, those returning and new domestic workers first need to register on the Balsama app for them to travel to Kuwait under their sponsors, book flights, undergo the quarantine period, and make the payments.
The 35 countries banned from entering Kuwait remain unchanged and the ban is expected to go for some time. The first flight of domestic workers going to Kuwait from Sri Lanka will be on Jan. 28. Next will be from Bangladesh and Nepal.