Kuwait: Mandatory PCR test for all passengers arriving back
As Kuwait implements stricter rules with the reopening of its airport, all passengers arriving in Kuwait are required to conduct a PCR test in the airport.
According to Al Rai, the decision to test all arrivals is to ensure that there are no cases of the new COVID-19 strain amongst travelers entering Kuwait. As of Monday, the country has not recorded a single case of the new COVID strain.
With growing concern over the new COVID-19 strain spreading across the United Kingdom, Kuwait decided to ban all commercial flights to and from the UK starting on January 6.
In addition to mandatory testing, the airport is operating at lower capacity to ensure that all health procedures are being adhered to and that the health and security officials are not overwhelmed. When the airport first opened on Saturday, 37 flights departed to a number of destinations and 30 flights arrived into Kuwait.
Then on Sunday, 46 flights departed and 35 flights landed in Kuwait, majority of which were carrying citizens and residents stuck abroad after Kuwait closed its borders for 10 days, on December 21.
While the airport has resumed flights to and from Kuwait, the travel ban on the 35 countries is still in effect. The Kuwaiti government has stated that those looking to return to Kuwait from one of the 35 countries will need to quarantine in a none banned country for 14 days.
Travelers looking to return to Kuwait will need to conduct a PCR test up to 96 hours prior to their departure, register on the ‘Shlonik’ application and quarantine at home for 14-days upon arrival.
As for those leaving Kuwait, passengers must register on the ‘Kuwait Mosafer’ platform and conduct a PCR test if necessary depending on rules of the country they are flying to.
In addition, Kuwaiti travelers will need to also obtain health insurance and sign a pledge form via the Kuwait Mosafer’ platform.