Kuwait City: Two hours before Kuwait’s Airport was supposed to start welcoming non-Kuwaiti passengers after a two-week ban, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced, in a Tweet, on Saturday night that non-Kuwaiti are barred from entering Kuwait until further notice.
The DGCA’s decision to extend the travel ban comes after Kuwait banned non-Kuwaiti from traveling to Kuwait as of February 7 after new health measures were put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The announcement took many by surprise as the Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health have been operating to prepare the airport for arrivals as of midnight February 21.
On Friday, in a press statement, the DGCA revealed that all passengers, Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaitis, arriving in Kuwait will need to follow the new health procedures. In addition, the DGCA said passengers arriving from the 35 ‘high risk’ countries will no longer be banned but will need to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days.
Then within a day, the decision was reversed and all non-Kuwaitis are banned from entering Kuwait,
With that being said, starting on Sunday all Kuwaitis, first-degree relatives and domestic workers. They will need to quarantine in a hotel for seven-days, at their own expense, and then quarantine at home for seven-days.