Kuwait DGCA and MOH coordinate regarding PCR tests for passengers

DGCA coordinating with MOH to agree on fixed the costs of the PCR tests to be incurred by the airlines

  
Police and civil aviation personnel wearing protective face masks work at the Kuwait Airport as the repatriation process of Kuwait citizens continues, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kuwait City, Kuwait April 21, 2020.

Police and civil aviation personnel wearing protective face masks work at the Kuwait Airport as the repatriation process of Kuwait citizens continues, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kuwait City, Kuwait April 21, 2020.

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KUWAIT CITY: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been coordinating with the Ministry of Health to implement in an orderly manner the Cabinet’s decision to charge airlines the cost of PCR tests for all arriving passengers in the country upon their arrival and during the quarantine period, reports Al-Anba daily.

According to reliable sources, DGCA, in coordination with the Ministry of Health, is studying the establishment of a health platform for carrying out health procedures and providing information to all arriving passengers in the State of Kuwait so that the health registration step in the passenger terminals is canceled.

DGCA is also coordinating with the Ministry of Health to agree on a mechanism for providing the service and fixed the costs of the PCR tests to be incurred by the airlines, which in turn will charge the passengers for it in order to ensure good service delivery and not to exploit passengers and exaggerate prices. The coordination will also include a medical personnel affiliated with the Ministry of Health for the exit process and private laboratory staff to conduct PCR tests in the entry process.

DGCA has informed the Ministry of Health to urgently report on the fixed cost of the PCR test with the need to specify the quarantine period inside Kuwait, and the date for the second test that will be performed by private laboratories under the supervision of the Ministry of Health, as well as the completion of the preparation of the health platform and the linking of all current platforms and programs with it.

A plan will be prepared to train the medical teams from private laboratories on the mechanism of work to conduct the necessary tests inside the passenger buildings, and to keep the medical staff affiliated with the Ministry of Health until it is confirmed that they perform the test process in accordance with the conditions and controls of the ministry.

The sources said the decision to charge airlines the cost of conducting PCR tests for all passengers upon arrival and during the quarantine period will not be implemented until the health platform is established and the prices of the tests are determined by the DGCA and the Ministry of Health.

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