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Airlines Updates

Published on 21.10.2020
Kuwait Airways resumes flights to Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam from 25 October

20.10.2020 Kuwait Airways in recent schedule update filed planned operation for the period of 25OCT20 – 30NOV20, as of 16OCT20. Planned operation remains subject to change, and certain restrictions may be applied.

Kuwait City – Ahmedabad 1 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Amman 3 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Bahrain 4 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Bangalore 1 weekly 777-300ER
Kuwait City – Beirut 5 weekly A320/330/777
Kuwait City – Cairo 5 weekly 777-300ER
Kuwait City – Chennai 2 weekly A320/777
Kuwait City – Dammam 4 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Delhi 2 weekly 777-300ER
Kuwait City – Dhaka 2 weekly 777-300ER
Kuwait City – Doha 1 daily A320
Kuwait City – Dubai 14 weekly A320/330
Kuwait City – Guangzhou 1 weekly 777-300ER
Kuwait City – Istanbul 2 daily A320/330
Kuwait City – Jeddah 3 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Kochi 2 weekly A330-200/777-300ER
Kuwait City – Lahore 3 weekly 777-300ER
Kuwait City – London Heathrow 4 weekly 777-300ER
Kuwait City – Manila 1 weekly 777-300ER
Kuwait City – Mumbai 2 weekly 777-300ER
Kuwait City – Muscat 1 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Riyadh 4 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Thiruvananthapuram 1 weekly A320

Published on 09.09.2020
Kuwait Airways files New York schedule in Oct 2020

Published on 17.08.2020
Jazeera Airways resumes flights between Istanbul and Kuwait

03.08.2020 Jazeera in the last few days revised planned operation for the remainder of Northern summer 2020 season, as the airline resumed scheduled operation on 01AUG20. Planned operation for the period of 01AUG20 – 24OCT20, as of 31JUL20, as follows.

Ongoing travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s planned operation and passenger traffic rights.

Kuwait City – Ahmedabad 2 weekly
Kuwait City – Assiut 3 weekly
Kuwait City – Beirut 2 weekly (1 weekly from 18SEP20)
Kuwait City – Bodrum 2 weekly
Kuwait City – Borg el Arab 3 weekly
Kuwait City – Cairo 1 daily
Kuwait City – Delhi 2 weekly
Kuwait City – Doha 4 weekly
Kuwait City – Dubai 1 daily
Kuwait City – Hyderabad 3 weekly
Kuwait City – Istanbul 4 weekly
Kuwait City – Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen 3 weekly
Kuwait City – Karachi 1 weekly
Kuwait City – Lahore 2 weekly (3 weekly from 01SEP20)
Kuwait City – Luxor 3 weekly (1 weekly from 01SEP20)
Kuwait City – Mumbai 4 weekly
Kuwait City – Sharm el Sheikh 2 weekly
Kuwait City – Sohag 6 weekly
Kuwait City – Trabzon 3 weekly

30.07.2020 Kuwait Airways has revised planned service resumption when the airline resumes scheduled operation on 01AUG20. The following planned operation for the period of 01AUG20 – 24OCT20 is based on flights available for reservation, as of 29JUL20. Additional changes remain possible, pending on various travel restrictions.

Kuwait City – Ahmedabad eff 16AUG20 3 weekly A320/320neo
Kuwait City – Bahrain eff 01AUG20 2 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Baku eff 02SEP20 3 weekly A320neo (Previous plan: eff 03AUG20)
Kuwait City – Beirut eff 01AUG20 2 weekly 777-300ER (4 weekly A320/777-300ER from 01SEP20)
Kuwait City – Bodrum eff 02AUG20 1 weekly A320neo (2 weekly from 11AUG20)
Kuwait City – Cairo eff 01AUG20 1 daily A330-200
Kuwait City – Chennai eff 01AUG20 3 weekly A330-200
Kuwait City – Delhi eff 03AUG20 2 weekly A320/320neo
Kuwait City – Doha eff 01AUG20 1 daily A320/330
Kuwait City – Dubai eff 01AUG20 1 daily A320
Kuwait City – Geneva eff 02SEP20 2 weekly A330 (Previous plan: eff 01AUG20)
Kuwait City – Istanbul eff 01AUG20 1 daily A330-200
Kuwait City – Kochi eff 03AUG20 3 weekly A330-200
Kuwait City – Lahore eff 01AUG20 3 weekly 777-300ER
Kuwait City – London Heathrow eff 01AUG20 4 weekly A330-200
Kuwait City – Mumbai eff 18AUG20 2 weekly A330-200 (3 weekly from 06SEP20)
Kuwait City – Munich eff 17AUG20 3 weekly A320neo (Previous plan: eff 01AUG20)
Kuwait City – Sarajevo eff 14AUG20 2 weekly A320neo (Previous plan: eff 01AUG20)
Kuwait City – Trabzon eff 02AUG20 3 weekly A320
Published on 29.07.2020
Kuwait Airways delays Sarajevo service to mid-August 2020

17.07.2020 Jazeera Airways in the last few days filed inventory changes on its website for flights on/after 01AUG20, when the airline resumes scheduled operation. Upon service resumption, the airline plans to operate 21 routes instead of 32.

Planned operational frequency is based on available flights for reservation on the airline’s website, as of 1015GMT 16JUL20. Additional changes remain possible, due to various travel restrictions. Frequency comparison is based on available flights for reservation vs GDS and OAG schedules listing.

Kuwait City – Ahmedabad eff 03AUG20 2 weekly (Reduce from 3 weekly)
Kuwait City – Amman eff 01AUG20 3 weekly (Reduce from 14 weekly)
Kuwait City – Assiut eff 03AUG20 2 weekly (1 weekly from 21SEP20; Reduce from 5 weekly)
Kuwait City – Baku eff 02AUG20 2 weekly (Reduce from 5 weekly)
Kuwait City – Beirut eff 05AUG20 1 weekly (Reduce from 6 weekly, operating until 09SEP20)
Kuwait City – Bodrum eff 01AUG20 2 weekly (Reduce from 3 weekly, operating until 29AUG20)
Kuwait City – Borg el Arab (Alexandria) eff 02AUG20 3 weekly (Reduce from 14 weekly)
Kuwait City – Cairo eff 01AUG20 7 weekly (Reduce from 25 weekly)
Kuwait City – Delhi eff 05AUG20 2 weekly (Reduce from 4 weekly)
Kuwait City – Doha eff 01AUG20 7 weekly (Reduce from 21 weekly)
Kuwait City – Dubai eff 01AUG20 7 weekly (Reduce from 31 weekly)
Kuwait City – Hyderabad eff 02AUG20 3 weekly (Reduce from 7 weekly)
Kuwait City – Istanbul eff 02AUG20 4 weekly (Reduce from 7 weekly)
Kuwait City – Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen eff 01AUG20 2 weekly (Reduce from 3 weekly)
Kuwait City – Kochi eff 01AUG20 4 weekly
Kuwait City – Luxor eff 04AUG20 1 weekly (Reduce from 5 weekly)
Kuwait City – Mumbai eff 02AUG20 4 weekly (Reduce from 7 weekly)
Kuwait City – Riyadh eff 01AUG20 2 weekly (Reduce from 7 weekly)
Kuwait City – Sharm el Sheikh eff 01AUG20 2 weekly (Reduce from 3 weekly, operating until 29AUG20)
Kuwait City – Sohag eff 01AUG20 6 weekly (Reduce from 12 weekly)
Kuwait City – Tbilisi eff 01AUG20 1 weekly (2 weekly from 15SEP20; Reduce from 4 weekly)

Airlineroute yesterday (16JUL20) filed update on Jazeera Airways’ revised network upon service resumption on 01AUG20. In the original post, it was stated following routes is cancelled between August and October (for London Gatwick post, it was stated the airline has removed planned service resumption, based on the airline’s booking system on the website).

Kuwait City – Al Ain 4 weekly
Kuwait City – Bahrain 11 weekly
Kuwait City – Dammam 4 weekly
Kuwait City – Jeddah 7 weekly
Kuwait City – Karachi 2 weekly
Kuwait City – Kathmandu 7 weekly
Kuwait City – Lahore 3 weekly
Kuwait City – London Gatwick 7 weekly (Previously planned to reduce to 3 weekly upon resumption)
Kuwait City – Mashhad 6 weekly
Kuwait City – Osh 2 weekly
Kuwait City – Sharjah 2 weekly

Following routes cancelled:
Kuwait City – Al Ain 4 weekly
Kuwait City – Bahrain 11 weekly
Kuwait City – Dammam 4 weekly
Kuwait City – Jeddah 7 weekly
Kuwait City – Karachi 2 weekly
Kuwait City – Kathmandu 7 weekly
Kuwait City – Lahore 3 weekly
Kuwait City – London Gatwick 7 weekly (Previously planned to reduce to 3 weekly upon resumption)
Kuwait City – Mashhad 6 weekly
Kuwait City – Osh 2 weekly
Kuwait City – Sharjah 2 weekly
06.07.2020 Kuwait Airways has outlined planned summer 2020 operations, when the airline resumes scheduled service on 01AUG20. Reservation for downsized network opened since last week. Various travel restrictions will impact the airline’s planned operation and passenger traffic rights. Certain routes and/or flights, are not available for reservation for the moment.

Planned operation as of 03JUL20 as follows

Kuwait City – Ahmedabad eff 02AUG20 3 weekly A320/320neo
Kuwait City – Amman eff 01AUG20 1 daily A320 (9 weekly from 01OCT20)
Kuwait City – Bahrain eff 01AUG20 4 weekly A320neo (6 weekly from 28SEP20)
Kuwait City – Baku eff 03AUG20 3 weekly A320neo
Kuwait City – Bangalore eff 03AUG20 8 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Bangkok eff 02AUG20 3 weekly A330-200
Kuwait City – Beirut eff 01AUG20 1 daily A320
Kuwait City – Bodrum eff 02AUG20 3 weekly A320neo
Kuwait City – Cairo eff 01AUG20 2 daily A330-200
Kuwait City – Chennai eff 01AUG20 5 weekly A320neo (6 weekly from 28SEP20)
Kuwait City – Dammam eff 01AUG20 13 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Delhi eff 01AUG20 1 daily A320/330 (2 daily from 28SEP20)
Kuwait City – Doha eff 01AUG02 2 daily A320/330
Kuwait City – Dubai eff 01AUG20 2 daily A320 (3 daily from 28SEP20)
Kuwait City – Geneva eff 01AUG20 2 weekly A330-200
Kuwait City – Istanbul eff 01AUG20 1 daily A330-200
Kuwait City – Jeddah eff 01AUG20 13 weekly A320neo
Kuwait City – Kochi eff 02AUG20 6 weekly A330-200
Kuwait City – Lahore eff 01AUG20 4 weekly A320/320neo
Kuwait City – London Heathrow eff 01AUG20 5 weekly A330-200
Kuwait City – Malaga eff 04AUG20 2 weekly A330-200
Kuwait City – Milan Malpensa eff 02AUG20 3 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Mumbai eff 01AUG20 1 daily A320/320neo
Kuwait City – Munich eff 01AUG20 4 weekly A330-200
Kuwait City – Paris CDG eff 01AUG20 4 weekly A330-200
Kuwait City – Riyadh eff 01AUG20 13 weekly A320/320neo
Kuwait City – Sarajevo eff 01AUG20 2 weekly A320neo
Kuwait City – Tbilisi eff 02AUG20 3 weekly A320neo (2 weekly from 30SEP20)
Kuwait City – Thiruvananthapuram eff 02AUG20 4 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Trabzon eff 02AUG20 3 weekly A320
Kuwait City – Vienna eff 02AUG20 2 weekly A320
03.07.2020 Kuwait Airways in recent schedule update files changes to its planned operation, as the airline re-opened reservation for flights on/after 01AUG20. As of 02JUL20, following routes for South Asia and East Asia are not available for reservation, including winter 2020/21 season on/after 25OCT20.

Kuwait City – Colombo 7 weekly A330-200
Kuwait City – Dhaka 12 weekly 777-300ER
Kuwait City – Manila 1 daily 777-300ER

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Kuwait
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Kuwait.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals of Kuwait and their family members,
    • Nationals of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries,
    • Passengers holding a valid residence permit issued by Kuwait.
Flight Restrictions

published 02.10.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been to or transited through Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Dominican Rep., Egypt, France, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kosovo (Rep.), Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia (Rep.), Panama, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria and Yemen.

Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.
– This does not apply to passengers returning to Kuwait with a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued before departure from Kuwait. They must have been a maximum of 4 days abroad.

Passengers must install “Shlonik” and “Kuwait-Mosafer” in their personal device.

Ban entry for passengers who arrive from or during last 14 days have been in Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria, Yemen
Passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Dominican Rep., Egypt, France, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kosovo (Rep.), Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia (Rep.), Panama, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria or Yemen are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to first degree family members of nationals of Kuwait. They must present proof of their relationship.
– This does not apply to domestic workers of residents of Kuwait.

Passengers are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been to or transited through Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Dominican Rep., Egypt, France, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kosovo (Rep.), Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia (Rep.), Panama, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria and Yemen.

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Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation (from 01AUG20).
Passengers arriving must register with the Shlonik application prior to boarding the aircraft and must home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Kuwait.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Arriving passengers must obtain a PCR test administered by a health clinic within 72 hours of their start of travel to Kuwait and bring the results with them. No translation is required. On arrival in Kuwait, a random PCR test will be conducted on ten percent of the passengers of each flight.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Full Restrictions

  • Kuwait Latest News: Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a temporary ban on arrivals from Afghanistan “until further notice. (Arabian Business, 24.08.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Kuwait on a limited number of routes, following the Kuwait Government announcement of the partial reopening of the International Airport from 1 August. Foreign travellers are allowed to enter Kuwait if they hold valid Kuwait residency visas and a negative PCR test conducted no more than 96 hours before acceptance on the flight to Kuwait. The test result should be in English.
    On entry to Kuwait you will need to self-isolate for 14 days in your home. You will not be allowed to enter Kuwait if, in the preceding 14 days, you have been in a country Kuwait considers high risk for COVID-19. This list is regularly updated. You should follow @Kuwait_dgca on Twitter for details of the latest countries on the list.
    The land border with Saudi Arabia is open to commercial traffic.

    Internal Restrictions:
    A nationwide curfew applies from 9pm – 3am daily. The curfew is scheduled to end on 30 August. Follow the official Kuwait News Agency for details. People who are found in violation of the curfew order may face imprisonment and fines. Foreign nationals found in violation of the curfew order may also risk deportation. The use of face masks is mandatory in all public spaces. Individuals who are found in violation of the law will be imprisoned for up to three months and/or fined up to 5,000 KWD. The Ministry of Health is randomly testing citizens and residents daily as part of its measures to curb COVID-19. Detailed instructions will be sent to those selected for a COVID swab via text message. The testing is not mandatory. Government offices and private businesses with no more than 50 percent staff, banking, financial, and construction sectors, retail stores, shopping malls, public parks, restaurant takeout services, hotels, and resorts have reopened as of July 28. Taxi services have also resumed with only one passenger allowed per vehicle. Public schools, universities, and colleges are closed through the beginning of August. Public transport bus services are suspended. Many types of social gatherings, including weddings, receptions, and public and private diwaniyas, are banned.

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    14.10.2020
  • Kuwait Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a temporary ban on arrivals from Afghanistan “until further notice. (Arabian Business, 24.08.2020) Authorities to cancel COVID-19 curfew from 30 August (Khaleej Times, 20.08.2020). International travel resumes, but ban on commercial flights from 31 ‘high-alert countries’ (Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Kosovo, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria) remains (The National, 02.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Kuwait on a limited number of routes, following the Kuwait Government nnouncement of the partial reopening of the International Airport from 1 August. Foreign travellers are allowed to enter Kuwait if they hold valid Kuwait residency visas and a negative PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before arrival. The test result should be in English. Passengers arriving must register with the Shlonik application prior to boarding the aircraft and must home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Kuwait. Non-Kuwaiti passengers traveling from the following countries are prohibited from entering Kuwait until further notice: Armenia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Spain, and Syria. This also applies to any individuals who have been present in these countries in the two weeks prior to their travel to Kuwait. The land border with Iraq is closed.
    The land border with Saudi Arabia is open to commercial traffic.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide curfew applies from 9pm – 3am daily. The curfew is scheduled to end on 30 August. Follow the official Kuwait News Agency [https://www.kuna.net.kw/Default.aspx?language=en] for details.People who are found in violation of the curfew order may face imprisonment and fines. Foreign nationals found in violation of the curfew order may also risk deportation. The use of face masks is mandatory in all public spaces. Individuals who are found in violation of the law will be imprisoned for up to three months and/or fined up to 5,000 KWD. The Ministry of Health is randomly testing citizens and residents daily as part of its measures to curb COVID-19. Detailed instructions will be sent to those selected for a COVID swab via text message. The testing is not mandatory. Government offices and private businesses with no more than 50 percent staff, banking, financial, and construction sectors, retail stores, shopping malls, public parks, restaurant takeout services, hotels, and resorts have reopened as of July 28. Taxi services have also resumed with only one passenger allowed per vehicle. Public schools, universities, and colleges are closed through the beginning of August. Public transport bus services are suspended. Many types of social gatherings, including weddings, receptions, and public and private diwaniyas, are banned.

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    24.08.2020
  • Kuwait International travel resumes, but ban on commercial flights from 31 ‘high-alert countries’ (Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Kosovo, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria) remains (The National, 02.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Kuwait on a limited number of routes, following the Kuwait Government nnouncement of the partial reopening of the International Airport from 1 August. Foreign travellers are allowed to enter Kuwait if they hold valid Kuwait residency visas and a negative PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before arrival. The test result should be in English. Passengers arriving must register with the Shlonik application prior to boarding the aircraft and must home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Kuwait.Non-Kuwaiti passengers traveling from the following countries are prohibited from entering Kuwait until further notice: Armenia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Spain, and Syria. This also applies to any individuals who have been present in these countries in the two weeks prior to their travel to Kuwait.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide curfew applies from 9pm – 3am daily. Follow the official Kuwait News Agency [https://www.kuna.net.kw/Default.aspx?language=en] for details.People who are found in violation of the curfew order may face imprisonment and fines. Foreign nationals found in violation of the curfew order may also risk deportation. The use of face masks is mandatory in all public spaces. Individuals who are found in violation of the law will be imprisoned for up to three months and/or fined up to 5,000 KWD. The Ministry of Health is randomly testing citizens and residents daily as part of its measures to curb COVID-19. Detailed instructions will be sent to those selected for a COVID swab via text message. The testing is not mandatory. Government offices and private businesses with no more than 50 percent staff, banking, financial, and construction sectors, retail stores, shopping malls, public parks, restaurant takeout services, hotels, and resorts have reopened as of July 28. Taxi services have also resumed with only one passenger allowed per vehicle. Public schools, universities, and colleges are closed through the beginning of August. Public transport bus services are suspended. Many types of social gatherings, including weddings, receptions, and public and private diwaniyas, are banned.

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    04.08.2020
  • Kuwait Commercial flights at Kuwait International Airport will resume from 1 August and allow citizens, residents to travel to, from country (Reuters, 29.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from Kuwait on a limited number of routes.The Kuwait Government has announced the partial reopening of the International Airport from 1 August. An “OK TO TRAVEL” authorization letter obtained from a Kuwait embassy is required. Foreign nationals are allowed to enter Kuwait if they hold valid Kuwait residency visas and a negative PCR test conducted no more than 96 hours before arrival. The test result should be in English. Anyone arriving will be assigned to 14-days quarantine. Land borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia remain closed.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide curfew applies from 9pm – 3am daily. Follow the official Kuwait News Agency [https://www.kuna.net.kw/Default.aspx?language=en] for details.The Kuwait Government has ordered the wearing of face masks in public. Penalties for not wearing a mask in public are a fine of 5000 KD or a prison sentence of three months.Private businesses and government offices are open with 30 percent staffing. Retail stores, construction sectors, public parks, and shopping malls can resume services.

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    30.07.2020
  • Kuwait Commercial flights at Kuwait International Airport will resume from 1 August. (Reuters, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Kuwait Government is no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait. The Kuwait Government has announced the partial reopening of the International Airport from 1 August, pending details of whether restrictions will apply on who can enter Kuwait. Commercial flights are now operating from Kuwait on a limited number of routes. Kuwait has restricted the entry of all travelers except Kuwaiti nationals, their immediate families, and domestic workers who are accompanied by a Kuwaiti national. All of the above must have a OK TO TRAVEL authorization obtained from the state of Kuwait embassy. Diplomatic passport holders, UN passport holders, and members of UNESCO with prior approval from government authorities may also enter the country. All travelers must install the ‘Shlonik’ app on their personal device before departure. Kuwait DGCA will be informed of any traveler who cannot install the app, and they will have to present their boarding pass upon arrival. Arriving passengers must obtain a PCR test administered by a health clinic within 96 hours of their start of travel to Kuwait and bring the results with them. No translation is required. On arrival in Kuwait, a random PCR test will be conducted on ten percent of the passengers of each flight. All travelers will subsequently be subject to 14-day home quarantine. Kuwait is expected to open its borders to some foreign nationals starting on August 1. Details on which travelers this may affect have not yet been published.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Nightly curfew to be shortened, COVID-19 restrictions enter ‘phase three’ on 28 July (Reuters, 23.07.2020). In addition, you are prohibited from travelling in or out of the following areas: Mahboula, Jleeb Al Shuyoukh, and Farwaniya. The Kuwait Government has announced that the prohibition on travelling in or out of Mahboula and Jleeb Al Shuyoukh will end from 9 July. Follow the official Kuwait News Agency for details [https://www.kuna.net.kw/Default.aspx?language=en]. The Kuwait Government has ordered the wearing of face masks in public. Penalties for not wearing a mask in public are a fine of 5000 KD or a prison sentence of three months.

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    29.07.2020
  • Kuwait Nationals, residents advised against travel abroad (Reuters, 10.07.2020). Commercial flights at Kuwait International Airport will resume from 1 August. (Reuters, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Kuwait Government is no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait. The Kuwait Government has announced the partial reopening of the International Airport from 1 August, pending details of whether restrictions will apply on who can enter Kuwait. Commercial flights are now operating from Kuwait on a limited number of routes.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide curfew applies from 8pm – 5am daily. In addition, you are prohibited from travelling in or out of the following areas: Mahboula, Jleeb Al Shuyoukh, and Farwaniya. The Kuwait Government has announced that the prohibition on travelling in or out of Mahboula and Jleeb Al Shuyoukh will end from 9 July. Follow the official Kuwait News Agency for details [https://www.kuna.net.kw/Default.aspx?language=en]. The Kuwait Government has ordered the wearing of face masks in public. Penalties for not wearing a mask in public are a fine of 5000 KD or a prison sentence of three months.

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    13.07.2020
  • Kuwait Commercial flights at Kuwait International Airport will resume from 1 August. (Reuters, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Kuwait has closed its airport and land border with Iraq. This said, there is one daily flight with Qatar Airways operating between Kuwait to/from Doha. The Kuwait Government is no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait. Land borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia have closed, and other countries may monitor travellers from Kuwait.
    Kuwaiti citizens who enter Kuwait from any country will be put in home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival unless they display COVID-19 symptoms in which case they will be put in institutional quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Effective Tuesday, 30 June the Government of Kuwait will transition from Phase One to Phase Two of Kuwait’s five-phased reopening plan. During Phase Two, a 9-hour curfew is in effect from 8:00pm until 5:00am. While each phase is expected to last for three weeks, the Government of Kuwait has indicated that phases may last shorter or longer depending on local health conditions. A complete lockdown continues to be imposed on several neighborhoods until further notice: Farwaniya (except for areas between Streets 60, 120, 502, and 129), Mahboula, and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh. Residents of these areas may leave their houses during the non-curfew hours but will not be able to leave their neighborhoods. In Phase Two, all Phase One activities will continue to be permitted in addition to the re-opening of government offices and private businesses with no more than 30 percent staff. The banking, financial, and construction sectors, retail stores, shopping malls, and public parks are also set to reopen in Phase Two. Services at restaurants and cafes will be limited to drive-through and takeout only. As a reminder, mosques, industrial activities, general services, including maintenance and laundry, home delivery services, drive-through and delivery services at restaurants and cafes, grocery stores, cooperative societies, company transport vehicles, gas stations, auto repair shops, and private hospitals and medical clinics have reopened during Phase One.

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    01.07.2020
  • Kuwait Commercial flights at Kuwait International Airport will resume from 1 August. (Reuters, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Kuwait has closed its airport and land border with Iraq. This said, there is one daily flight with Qatar Airways operating between Kuwait to/from Doha. The Kuwait Government is no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait. Land borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia have closed, and other countries may monitor travellers from Kuwait.
    Kuwaiti citizens who enter Kuwait from any country will be put in home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival unless they display COVID-19 symptoms in which case they will be put in institutional quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    From 30 May the nationwide curfew will apply from 6pm – 6am daily. In addition, you are prohibited from travelling in or out of the following areas: Mahboula, Jleeb Al Shuyoukh, Hawally and Nuqra. You are also prohibited from travelling in and out of parts of Farwaniya and Khaitan. Follow the official Kuwait News Agency for details [https://www.kuna.net.kw/Default.aspx?language=en].
    The Kuwait Government has ordered the wearing of face masks in public. Penalties for not wearing a mask in public are a fine of 5000 KD or a prison sentence of three months.
    Mosques, general services, including maintenance and laundry, home delivery services, restaurant and cafe drive-through and delivery services, some banks, company transport vehicles, auto repair shops, and private hospitals and medical clinics have reopened as of May 31.
    Government offices and private businesses will reopen with no more than 30 percent staff on June 30.Public schools, universities, and colleges are closed through the beginning of August. All public transportation, including taxi services, is suspended. Many types of social gatherings, including weddings, receptions, and public and private diwaniyas, are banned.

    *****Relaxations to restrictions:
    Curfew hours to be eased starting 21 June (Reuters, 18.06.2020) Government plans to resume commercial flights in three stages (Xinhau, 08.06.2020). Curfew replaced by 12-hour night time curfew starting 31 May (Reuters, 28.05.2020)

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    29.06.2020
  • Kuwait Curfew hours to be eased starting 21 June (Reuters, 18.06.2020) Government plans to resume commercial flights in three stages (Xinhau, 08.06.2020). Curfew replaced by 12-hour night time curfew starting 31 May (Reuters, 28.05.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Kuwait has closed its airport and land border with Iraq. This said, there is one daily flight with Qatar Airways operating between Kuwait to/from Doha. The Kuwait Government is no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait. Land borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia have closed, and other countries may monitor travellers from Kuwait.
    Kuwaiti citizens who enter Kuwait from any country will be put in home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival unless they display COVID-19 symptoms in which case they will be put in institutional quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    From 30 May the nationwide curfew will apply from 6pm – 6am daily. In addition, you are prohibited from travelling in or out of the following areas: Mahboula, Jleeb Al Shuyoukh, Hawally and Nuqra. You are also prohibited from travelling in and out of parts of Farwaniya and Khaitan. Follow the official Kuwait News Agency for details [https://www.kuna.net.kw/Default.aspx?language=en].
    The Kuwait Government has ordered the wearing of face masks in public. Penalties for not wearing a mask in public are a fine of 5000 KD or a prison sentence of three months.
    Mosques, general services, including maintenance and laundry, home delivery services, restaurant and cafe drive-through and delivery services, some banks, company transport vehicles, auto repair shops, and private hospitals and medical clinics have reopened as of May 31.
    Government offices and private businesses will reopen with no more than 30 percent staff on June 30.Public schools, universities, and colleges are closed through the beginning of August. All public transportation, including taxi services, is suspended. Many types of social gatherings, including weddings, receptions, and public and private diwaniyas, are banned.

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    28.06.2020
  • Kuwait Government plans to resume commercial flights in three stages (Xinhau, 08.06.2020). Curfew replaced by 12-hour night time curfew starting 31 May (Reuters, 28.05.2020)

    Flights to Kuwait are suspended.
    – This does not apply to diplomatic, humanitarian or repatriation flights approved by the DGCA Air Transport Department.
    – This does not apply to aircraft operated by Kuwait Air Force, Kuwait Police Wing and Kuwait Ameri Flight.
    – This does not apply to aircraft exempted by the authority.

    Kuwait has restricted the entry of all travelers except Kuwaiti nationals, their immediate families, and domestic workers who are accompanied by a Kuwaiti national. All of the above must have a OK TO TRAVEL authorization obtained from the state of Kuwait embassy. Diplomatic passport holders, UN passport holders, and members of UNESCO with prior approval from government authorities may also enter the country. All travelers must install the ‘Shlonik’ app on their personal device before departure. Kuwait DGCA will be informed of any traveler who cannot install the app, and they will have to present their boarding pass upon arrival.

    International restrictions:

    All flights to/from Kuwait, with the exception of cargo flights are suspended until further notice. Land border crossings with Iraq remain closed, while only commercial trucks are permitted to enter Saudi Arabia. The issuance of all visas (except for diplomatic purposes) is suspended indefinitely. All types of visas are automatically extended until 31 May. It is our understanding that passengers traveling directly to the airport to depart Kuwait will be permitted to travel with their passport and a copy of their booking and/or ticket showing departure. They should allow additional time for possible stops by relevant authorities and should be wearing face masks while outside their homes.

    Internal restrictions:

    The current nightly curfew from 16.00 to 08.00 will become a 24-hour curfew on 10 May until May 30. Nonetheless, people will be allowed to walk inside their residential areas from 16.30 to 18.30. Businesses in essential sectors (e.g. health, security, electricity, oil and municipality, etc.) will be allowed to continue operating. Additionally, supermarkets will be allowed to operate and grocery stores located in areas frequented by expats will remain open. The use of face masks is mandatory in all public spaces, including grocery stores and during the daily 2-hour walking period. All non-emergency government offices are closed at least through 31 May, unless otherwise notified.

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    09.06.2020
  • Kuwait Government will not extend 24-hour curfew beyond 30 May (Reuters, 25.05.2020) Flights to Kuwait are suspended. – This does not apply to diplomatic, humanitarian or repatriation flights approved by the DGCA Air Transport Department. – This does not apply to aircraft operated by Kuwait Air Force, Kuwait Police Wing and Kuwait Ameri Flight. – This does not apply to aircraft exempted by the authority. Kuwait has restricted the entry of all travelers except Kuwaiti nationals, their immediate families, and domestic workers who are accompanied by a Kuwaiti national. All of the above must have a OK TO TRAVEL authorization obtained from the state of Kuwait embassy. Diplomatic passport holders, UN passport holders, and members of UNESCO with prior approval from government authorities may also enter the country. All travelers must install the ‘Shlonik’ app on their personal device before departure. Kuwait DGCA will be informed of any traveler who cannot install the app, and they will have to present their boarding pass upon arrival.

    International restrictions:

    All flights to/from Kuwait, with the exception of cargo flights are suspended until further notice. Land border crossings with Iraq remain closed, while only commercial trucks are permitted to enter Saudi Arabia. The issuance of all visas (except for diplomatic purposes) is suspended indefinitely. All types of visas are automatically extended until 31 May. It is our understanding that passengers traveling directly to the airport to depart Kuwait will be permitted to travel with their passport and a copy of their booking and/or ticket showing departure. They should allow additional time for possible stops by relevant authorities and should be wearing face masks while outside their homes.

    Internal restrictions:

    The current nightly curfew from 16.00 to 08.00 will become a 24-hour curfew on 10 May until May 30. Nonetheless, people will be allowed to walk inside their residential areas from 16.30 to 18.30.

    Businesses in essential sectors (e.g. health, security, electricity, oil and municipality, etc.) will be allowed to continue operating. Additionally, supermarkets will be allowed to operate and grocery stores located in areas frequented by expats will remain open. The use of face masks is mandatory in all public spaces, including grocery stores and during the daily 2-hour walking period. All non-emergency government offices are closed at least through 31 May, unless otherwise notified.

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    27.05.2020
  • Kuwait All types of visas are automatically extended until 31 May.

    14.05.2020
  • Kuwait Flights to Kuwait are suspended.
    – This does not apply to diplomatic, humanitarian or repatriation flights approved by the DGCA Air Transport Department.
    – This does not apply to aircraft operated by Kuwait Air Force, Kuwait Police Wing and Kuwait Ameri Flight.
    – This does not apply to aircraft exempted by the authority.

    International restrictions:

    All flights to/from Kuwait, with the exception of cargo flights are suspended until further notice. Land border crossings with Iraq remain closed, while only commercial trucks are permitted to enter Saudi Arabia. The issuance of all visas (except for diplomatic purposes) is suspended indefinitely.

    Internal restrictions:

    During the Holy Month of Ramadan (started on 24 April until tentatively 24 May), the nationwide curfew will be between 16.00 to 08.00. All government and private agencies will be closed until 31 May. Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Mahboula areas in Kuwait City are in full lockdown.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Kuwait News Agency/
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