Egyptian citizens queue at Kuwait International Airport before boarding a repatriation flight to Cairo, in Kuwait City on May 5, 2020 AFP
Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on Thursday that the past two days saw the return of 1,100 Egyptians from Kuwait, stressing that authorities are trying to repatriate nationals stranded abroad before Eid Al-Fitr, the Islamic feast following the holy month of Ramadan.
During a video conference with cabinet members, Madbouly emphasised that quarantine facilities and medical staff needed to monitor repatriated nationals from Kuwait.
The prime minister noted that the authorities are working on repatriating all nationals stranded abroad before Eid Al-Fitr, which is set to begin on 23 May.
Egypt started operating flights to repatriate nationals stranded in Kuwait starting Tuesday, Egypt's information minister Osama Heikal said on Tuesday, a day after Kuwaiti authorities broke up riots by Egyptian workers with invalid residencies seeking to return home.
Heikal said that repatriated nationals will undergo medical examinations upon arrival at airports and will quarantined for 14 days at university dorms.
The cabinet said in a statement on Tuesday that the government will cover the cost of the reptriated nationals quarantined at university dorms. However, those willing to spend their quarantine period at designated hotels in the Mediterranean city of Marsa Alam will have to pay for their stay.
Egypt began repatriating its citizens in March, bringing back hundreds of its nationals stranded in various countries due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The country is keeping its airspace open to inbound charter and special flights to transport outbound passengers, and to cargo and domestic flights, during the suspension of air traffic that has been in place since mid-March.