Do not change the terms of travel
The Federation of Tourism and Travel Offices, a consortium of companies in the tourism and travel agencies in the country, has come up with these demands in the wake of the Kuwaiti cabinet meeting making some changes in the travel regulations in and out of the country in the wake of Omikron’s expansion in various countries. The federation recommends that health care arrangements be tightened without making changes to existing travel standards.
The country’s economy is in crisis
Mohammed al-Muthairi said additional sanctions were unnecessary in light of the fact that the Kovid defense in Kuwait is more stable than in other countries. Kuwait is better than many other countries in the world in terms of vaccination. This is the stage where the country is slowly recovering from the threat of Kovid. He warned that if the country returned to the old controls at this time, all economic sectors in the country would be in crisis again.
The travel instructions were updated by the cabinet meeting
An extraordinary meeting of the Kuwaiti cabinet last week renewed travel regulations as part of a drive to strengthen Kovid defenses in Kuwait, where fears of an Omicron outbreak persist. The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid, decided to make the booster dose compulsory for those traveling to and from Kuwait. This condition applies to those who have been vaccinated for nine months after receiving the second dose. They were required to enter Kuwait or travel outside but receive a booster dose. The Federation of Tours and Travel Offices has now called for the condition to be changed.
The change is effective January 2
The rule that those who took the second dose nine months ago must have taken the booster dose will come into effect from January 2 next year. Those who do not take the booster dose at nine-month intervals are considered non-vaccinated and therefore immunocompromised. They will also lose their immune status in the Kovid control app. Those who are not considered to be fully vaccinated will therefore face a travel ban. The Cabinet has recommended that travel outside Kuwait be restricted to emergencies, as the Omicron variant has spread to other parts of the world. This applies to both nationals and expatriates in Kuwait. In addition, travelers must have a PCR test result within 48 hours of departure for the country. Currently the condition is to submit the negative certificate held within 72 hours.
10 day home quarantine
The cabinet meeting also proposed tightening security and checks at the borders to prevent the spread of Omikron. As part of this, the meeting suggested that everyone arriving in the country should stay in the home quarantine for 10 days. This provision will also come into force from January 2 next year. The PCR test should be performed immediately upon arrival in the country and within 72 hours of the quarantine. A 10-day quarantine is mandatory for those who do not take the second test. After 72 hours or three days, if the PCR test is negative, they can terminate the quarantine. But the Federation of Tours and Travel Offices is now asking that those taking booster doses be exempted from this quarantine requirement.