By Nawara Fattahova
KUWAIT: A new condition will be added to the travel requirements starting February 21. According to an official with the Civil Aviation Authority, who spoke to the Kuwait Times on condition of anonymity, all departing passengers – citizens and expatriates – should have hotel reservations. for seven days to remain in institutional quarantine after their return.
“This rule will apply to all passengers leaving Kuwait, whether they have a return ticket or even a one-way ticket. Even if the passenger is not sure of their exact return date, they still need to have a hotel reservation. The reservation can be changed later depending on their return date, ”the manager told the Kuwait Times. According to him, this rule will not apply to those who have canceled their residency in Kuwait and leave the country for good.
DGAC spokesman Saad Al-Otaibi told the Arab daily Al-Qabas that meetings were underway with the authorities concerned to set up an institutional quarantine in local hotels for all arrivals for seven days in their own costs via registration on the Kuwait Mosafer app. Seven more days will be spent in home quarantine.
Otaibi said any citizen or expatriate can only travel after they have selected and booked the quarantine location at a hotel in Kuwait and paid the full cost, which is non-refundable and must be paid prior to travel. Otaibi said the exemption of elderly passengers from institutional quarantine is still under discussion.