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Arrival and Departure Guidelines for Residents of Kuwait

The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued the following advice to airlines on Kuwait travel based on a decision by the State of Kuwait’s Council of Ministers and health authorities.

With a new set of guidelines in place, both citizens and expats are required to adhere to the rules set by the government to ensure smooth and speedy travels to and from the Gulf nation.

Arrival and Departure Guidelines for Residents of Kuwait

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Gov’t Posts Arrival and Departure Guidelines for Citizens and Expats in Kuwait

This circular supersedes any earlier circulars that contradict the new set of guidelines.

This circular will go into effect on August 1 at 00:01 Kuwait Local Time, the Arab Times Online reported.

For Kuwait Citizens – Departure from the State of Kuwait

  • Citizens who have not been vaccinated with the approved vaccines by Kuwait’s health ministry are not permitted to travel outside the country. The presence of green in their application (immune/Kuwait mobile ID) with the exception of following groups; Age that is not subject to immunizations.
  • Kuwaiti individuals can produce an official document from the Ministry of Health proving their incapacity to obtain immunizations due to medical reasons.
  • Pregnant women are required to provide a certificate proving their pregnancy. The Ministry of Health in Kuwait should issue and approve it.
  • Citizens must have health insurance that covers COVID-19 therapy for the duration of their stay outside of Kuwait.

For Arrivals to the State of Kuwait

Kuwait will not admit travellers who cannot provide a negative PCR test performed within the last 72 hours before to their departure. They should also not have symptoms such as a high temperature, a cold cough and sneezing, and so on.

For Citizens and Their First-Degree Relatives and Workers That Accompanies Them

Those who have completed Kuwait’s Health Ministry-approved immunizations and have a green color on their immune/Kuwait mobile ID application must register in the Shlonik Application and Kuwaitmosafer platform.

All immunized citizens must still be quarantined at home for one week after arriving in Kuwait. If they wish to be released from quarantine, they must pay for the PCR test performed during their quarantine term to demonstrate that they are free of COVID-19. Following a negative outcome. The period of quarantine at home will come to an end.

Those who have received COVID-19 vaccines while traveling outside of Kuwait must obtain the permitted vaccines and visit the Ministry of Health website to complete the registration process in the Shlonik application and the Kuwait-Mosafer platform. They are also subject to a one-week home quarantine since their arrival. If they wish to be released from quarantine, they must pay for the PCR test performed during their quarantine term to demonstrate that they are free of COVID-19. Following a negative outcome. The period of quarantine at home will come to an end.

Those who have not been inoculated with COVID vaccinations and have red or yellow colors in their immune/Kuwait mobile ID application must complete their registration in the Shlonik Application and the Kuwait-Mosafer platform. They must also pay for two PCR tests, the first of which will be performed upon their arrival in the State of Kuwait and the second on the sixth day of the institutional quarantine. They must also cover the expense of quarantine, which will be held at local hotels listed on the Kuwaitmosafer website. Once they are free of COVID-19, they will be subjected to a 7-day home quarantine.

Those who have been immunized with unauthorized vaccinations will be regarded non-immunized.

For Expats

Expats who have been vaccinated with approved vaccines and have a green color on their immune/Kuwait mobile ID application must register at the Shlonik Application and the Kuwaitmosafer platform.

Expats who have been inoculated with approved vaccines are nevertheless subject to a one-week home quarantine from the date of their arrival in Kuwait. If they wish to be released from quarantine, they must pay for the PCR test performed during their quarantine term to demonstrate that they are free of COVID-19. Following a negative outcome. The period of quarantine at home will come to an end.

Expats who have been vaccinated outside of Kuwait using vaccinations approved by Kuwait’s Health Ministry must check the ministry of health website before leaving their place of origin, as long as the vaccination is electronically documented. If they wish to be released from quarantine, they must pay for the PCR test performed during their quarantine term to demonstrate that they are free of COVID-19. Following a negative outcome. The period of quarantine at home will come to an end.

Vaccines Approved By The Ministry of Health in Kuwait

  • One dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • Two doses of Moderna vaccine
  • Two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine
  • Two doses of Pfizer BioNTech

Categories That Are Excluded From the Institutional Quarantine

  • Diplomatic missions and approved diplomats, as well as their domestic workers
  • Kuwaiti patients who were treated overseas, as well as their companions, would be reimbursed once the treatment is completed.
  • Government and private medical personnel, as well as their first-degree relatives and domestic employees.
  • Minors who are traveling alone

If you plan to visit or pass through Kuwait via air travel, make sure to familiarize yourself with this set of guidelines so that you won’t encounter any untoward incident in the country during your travel.

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