Plan to cut home quarantine in Kuwait for incoming travelers on the cards

Decision to reduce quarantine period is related to the implementation of the decision to hold the airlines responsible for conducting the PCR tests

  
Repatriated Kuwaitis from Amman, wearing protective face masks, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), prepare their luggage while arriving at Kuwait Airport, Kuwait April 21, 2020.

Repatriated Kuwaitis from Amman, wearing protective face masks, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), prepare their luggage while arriving at Kuwait Airport, Kuwait April 21, 2020.

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KUWAIT CITY: The issue of cutting down the number of ‘home quarantine’ days for those arriving in the country has come to the fore again and a reliable source told the Al-Seyassah daily that the health authorities are considering reducing the quarantine period to half the number of days (one week) for those who are declared free of Covid virus.

The source said: The decision to reduce the quarantine period is related to the implementation of the decision to hold the airlines responsible for conducting the PCR tests, explaining that the decision issued by the Council of Ministers stipulates that the passengers perform two PCR tests, the first upon arrival at the Kuwait International Airport, and the second during the quarantine period without specifying the day devoted to the examination, which will be decided soon.

The source indicated that the initial perception of the health authorities is to reduce the home quarantine for a period of one week, given that the traveler is subjected to 3 PCR tests in the event of the implementation of the Cabinet’s decision, which is a sufficient number.

If a passenger arrives in the country and the result is negative after seven days, the home quarantine period is sufficient but if the passenger shows the virus symptoms that the quarantine period will extend to two weeks.

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