Beginning next month, the COVID-19 test, or the PCR test will be now mandatory for all passengers arriving in Kuwait, an official source said.
The Kuwait International Airport will resume commercial flights on 1st August, four months after the country halted air travel as part of its measures to curb the spread of novel coronavirus.
The PCR test is now mandatory for all arrivals at the Kuwait airport, irrespective of whether they are expats or nationals starting from 1st August even if they have stayed out of country for a day, the source said, following a meeting with an official committee in-charge of restarting commercial flights.
Foreign residents stranded due to suspension of air travel will be allowed to return to Kuwait, provided, they have valid residency permits and jobs in the country.
As for conducting PCR testing for passengers leaving Kuwait, it would depend on whether their destinations require the test or not. In case the test is necessary, the passenger will have to bear the cost of the test and it will be done at a designated laboratory in the airport.
The Kuwait government, early this month, endorsed a phased plan to resume commercial flights to and from the country on 1st August, beginning with 30 percent capacity.