Kuwait: Return of expat domestic workers hits snag
A plan for operating flights to return foreign domestic workers to Kuwait has hit a snag, according to a Kuwaiti newspaper. The first group of domestic workers, stranded abroad due to travel restrictions prompted by the global coronavirus pandemic, returned to Kuwait on Tuesday.
However, the operation of flights by Kuwait Airways and al Jazeera has been disrupted after some countries demanded their local airlines take part in the transport of their workers to Kuwait, Al Rai newspaper quoted a source at the Kuwaiti Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as saying.
The source named India, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Nepal among those countries.
“The Directorate General of Civil Aviation averted the crisis and defused it by approving the request,” the source added.
Flights are expected to resume next week, allowing airlines from home countries of domestic workers to carry them along with the Kuwaiti national carrier, according to the source.
DGCA and Kuwait’s health authorities have drawn up a plan for the return of domestic workers to the country according to strict health measures. The total numbers of such returnees are estimated at 80,000 workers.
Last month, the Kuwaiti government approved the return of stranded domestic workers. According to health rules, they must undergo mandatory two-week quarantine in a special quarantine facility in Kuwait.
The quarantine package has reportedly been set at 270 Kuwaiti dinars covering accommodation for 14 days, meals and three coronavirus-detecting PCR tests.