Starting February 20, people who were not vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel to Kuwait, which is a significant step in the country’s recovery from the pandemic – although restrictions still apply, fully vaccinated individuals can still travel to Kuwait without any problems.
All foreigners traveling to or from Kuwait must follow a set of regulations when it comes to travel. For fully vaccinated passengers, this does not require a PCR test and the need for quarantine upon arrival.
Meanwhile, passengers who are partially vaccinated are not required to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test prior to their arrival. However, they must stay quarantined for seven days. This period can be foregone with a negative result upon arrival.
Travel In Kuwait Returns to Pre-Pandemic State For Vaccinated Passengers
Unvaccinated passengers are required to complete a PCR test at least 72 hours before they enter an airport. They must also quarantine for up to seven days, which can only be ended once their test comes back negative, the Kuwait Times reported.
However, the Directorate General of Civil aviation noted that these procedures do not apply to minors under 16 years old.
Earlier, the announcement of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation allowing only unvaccinated Kuwaitis to travel to the Gulf State drew flak from the public.
In a circular released last Friday (Feb 18), it clarified that all travel procedures and procedures are applicable to those from Kuwait and expatriates.
Kuwait’s international airport is now open to expatriates, which was previously closed due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
In addition, travelers with fully vaccinated statuses are now exempt from the requirements of the PCR. This is good news for the airlines as it allows them to resume flights to Kuwait before a long holiday break, which is expected to be one of the most hectic dates of the year for travelers.
In line with this, the Cabinet has eased the COVID-19 restrictions by allowing unvaccinated individuals to enter various establishments if they provide a negative PCR test result.
The Cabinet also decided to allow public transportation to transport passengers at full capacity.
The Muslim Mosques are also allowed to resume indoor prayer services and conferences. Social gatherings are also permitted as long as they’re conducted in a safe environment, observing health and safety protocols.
Under 16s can enter schools without having to show a negative PCR test certificate even if still unvaccinated against COVID-19.
On Jan 10, the Cabinet issued restrictions to control the spread of the Omicron Coronavirus variant in Kuwait. They included reducing public sector staff by 50 percent and urging private firms to also cut back on manpower. The authorities also imposed restrictions on public transportation and canceled in-person conferences and meetings.