In a move that may constitute the beginning of a breakthrough for the crisis preventing entry of travelers from banned countries by direct flight with Kuwait, Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah is meeting today with representatives of Kuwait Airways and Jazeera Airways to discuss a set of proposals presented by the two companies in a plan to stimulate air traffic, most notably the reception of travelers directly And reducing the quarantine period to a week, while taking precautionary health measures such as PCR examinations.
According to an informed source for Al-Qabas, the proposals which are supposed to be decided today require receiving travelers from the 34 banned countries directly without the need to spend 14 days in an unauthorized country, pointing to the classification of countries into two categories, the first of which is low risk, and the other is high risk, to adopt a special mechanism for dealing With every category.
According to the source, high-risk countries will carry out a PCR examination for arrivals from them 3 times, the first in the country of departure and the second upon arrival at Kuwait Airport, and the last after completing the quarantine period, whether it is a domestic or an institutional one, and all at the traveler's expense.
As for low-risk countries - according to the source - arrivals from them will only be examined twice, the first in the country of departure and the other upon arrival at the airport.
The source stated that the proposals include reducing the quarantine period to a week, based on medical reports confirming the appearance of symptoms on the injured within 5 days only, so there is no need for the quarantine period to be two weeks.
Regarding the procedures for examining arrivals, the source mentioned that the plan provides for the swab to be conducted at the airport and sent to the approved laboratories with the transfer of the traveler to home or institutional quarantine, indicating that the quarantine mechanism and its type will be subject to discussion at today's meeting.
On the ability to conduct the necessary checks for the numbers of expected travelers, the source said that the accredited laboratories are able to conduct more than 5 thousand scans per day, as the first stage of the commercial operation of flights according to the civil aviation plan includes the departure of 5 thousand passengers and the return of 5 thousand.
In the event that the plan is approved by the Ministry of Health, it will be applied by the General Administration of Civil Aviation to set health controls and requirements for its implementation. The following are the full details to activate the economic movement in the sectors of aviation, hotels, transportation, restaurants, and medium and small enterprises.
This morning, representatives of Kuwait Airways and Jazeera Airways are meeting with the Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah to discuss proposals made by the two companies in a plan they submitted to stimulate air traffic, to receive passengers directly, while taking measures to ensure their safety, including PCR tests and quarantine for a week.
An informed source revealed that the plan requires the arrival of passengers from the 34 banned countries directly, without the need to spend 14 days in a non-banned country, indicating that the countries are classified into two categories, the first of which is low risk, and the other is high risk, to adopt a special mechanism for dealing with each category.
He mentioned that high-risk countries will conduct a PCR examination for arrivals, including 3 times, the first in the country of departure, the second upon arrival at Kuwait airport, and the last after completing the quarantine period, whether it is domestic or institutional, and all at the traveler's expense. The source indicated that low-risk countries will be examined only twice, the first in the country of departure and the other upon arrival at the airport. Among the proposals is to reduce the quarantine period to a week, especially since medical reports indicate that the symptoms appear on the injured within 5 days only, so there is no need for the stone period to be two weeks.