The decision was made to save the hotel industry
Yusuf al-Fawzan, director general of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, said the Ministry of Health had decided that foreigners would need a mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 to seven days, depending on the extent of corona expansion in the country of their arrival. This decision is controversial. Osama al-Shaheen, one of the MPs, blamed the decision on the forced hotel quarantine as part of a move to save the hotel industry, which collapsed during the Kovid era. “Isn’t this a decision based on economic and political goals rather than health interests,” he said. Basil asked al-Sabah.
The goal is to recover from the Kovid crisis
The MP blamed the decision on the fact that the hotels in crisis due to Kovid were recovering from the losses. The hotel federation officials had yesterday complained that the hotel industry had lost 10 crore Kuwaiti dinars due to Kovid. Following this, the Ministry of Health stipulated that foreigners should stay in the hotel quarantine. The MP also asked on what health criteria foreign diplomats arriving in the country were exempted from hotel quarantine. The quarantine accommodation for expatriates is available at five-star, four-star and three-star hotels. The cost of hotel accommodation and meals is to be borne by the passengers themselves. The rates were set by the authorities according to the star rating of each hotel. The decision was welcomed by the Hotel Federation yesterday.
Expatriates booked hotel and cut
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s move to lift the 14 – day travel ban and the lifting of the ban on 35 nationals, which had been in place since then, are reported to have further distressed expats. The expatriates, who had booked a hotel room to stay in Quarantine when they arrived in Kuwait in the hope of lifting the travel ban, were caught. A 14-day hotel quarantine was recommended for those from 35 countries with direct travel bans and a seven-day hotel quarantine for non-residents. Accordingly, those who had booked rooms in star hotels proposed by the government were caught in a sudden change of heart. Many people booked rooms in three-star and five-star hotels as rooms were not available in smaller hotels due to heavy bookings. Expatriates are in a dilemma as to how to get back the advance payment for booking a room. They are not sure how long they will have to wait as the travel ban has been extended indefinitely.
Darkness for those trapped in Dubai
The decision came as a shock to expatriates, including Malayalees living in hotel rooms in Dubai and elsewhere, to meet the two-week quarantine requirement for entry into Kuwait from other countries, including India. In addition to the last 14 days in quarantine, many have been staying in UAE hotels for over a month now, with 14 days of travel restrictions imposed by Kuwait. They are staying in hotels at great expense. Meanwhile, hotel quarantine is required in Kuwait as well. Accordingly, the new decision will be a nightmare for those who have booked hotels in Kuwait for a large sum.