Kuwait: 58 state quarantine buildings will house domestic workers

Kuwait: 58 state quarantine buildings will house domestic workers

Kuwait: 58 state quarantine buildings will house domestic workers

Civil Aviation authority (DGCA) said the return of expat domestic workers to the country on direct flights will begin on Monday, with plans for 14-day COVID-19 mandatory state quarantines for 80,000 individuals put in place.

The plan will save on costs for employers (sponsors), paving the way for direct flights back instead of being subject to costs pertaining to a quarantine period abroad as was the case before the decision, DGCA Director General Youssef Al-Fawzan said in a press statement.

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The huge endeavour, which will witness the entry of 600 people a day, has been given a four-month timeframe. It will begin with India and the Philippines followed by other unspecified countries, according to the official, and will include logistical services, shelter, catering and security.

The employees will each stay at one of 58 state quarantine buildings, where they will undergo three PCR checks and receive three meals a day under Ministry of Health supervision. Men and women will be housed in separate facilities.

“The success of the plan, in its initial stages, will move us to other stages for the return of the rest of the categories of residents in an orderly manner in coordination with the concerned government agencies and in cooperation with the private sector,” added the official. State carrier Kuwait Airways and locally-owned Jazeera Airways will each be in charge of flying the employees and have been urged to provide competitive prices for the flights, Acting Deputy Director Saleh Al-Fadaghi said. Kuwait-based aviation services provider, NAS, has been handed the roles of transportation, housing, catering, cleaning and security with costs reduced to KD 270 per person from KD 550, he added.

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