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Kuwait eases restrictions on travellers, including Egyptians, over coronavirus

Ahram Online , Thursday 5 Mar 2020
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File photo: Kuwaitis coming back from Iran wait at Sheikh Saad Airport in Kuwait City before being taken to a hospital to be tested for coronavirus (Photo: AFP)
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Kuwait has suspended an earlier decision requiring some travellers to undergo a test for the new coronavirus to be allowed entry into the country, the Kuwaiti cabinet said in a statement on Thursday.

The Kuwaiti government has "instructed the civil aviation authority to suspend a decision…regarding imposing measures of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test on travellers coming to the country from some states," the cabinet said in a statement carried by state news agency KUNA.

Kuwait’s civil aviation authority said on Tuesday passengers from 10 countries including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey must provide certificates issued by the Kuwaiti embassy in their countries saying they are coronavirus free.

Travellers who do not produce the certificates will not be allowed to enter Kuwait, the aviation authority said at the time.

In its Thursday's statement, the cabinet said the move to suspend the new measures came "due to the inability to implement the procedures and examinations in some countries for technical reasons”.

The Kuwaiti government instructed authorities to come up with "practical alternatives" that would ensure that travellers coming to Kuwait are virus-free as soon as possible.

Kuwait has 58 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
 

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