State of confusion mars first day of Kuwait resuming commercial flights

4 flights which arrived were denied entry to Kuwait, from these 3 were from Egypt and one from Beirut

Boeing B777-369(ER) Kuwait Airways 9K-AOK.

Boeing B777-369(ER) Kuwait Airways 9K-AOK.


KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait Airport was in a state of confusion on the first day after the decision announced by health authorities to ban 31 countries where 23 flights were schedule to leave and 20 flights from various destinations had arrived including Egypt, Beirut, Turkey, Doha, Dubai, Manila and others left everyone in surprise.

4 flights which arrived were denied entry to Kuwait, from these 3 were from Egypt and one from Beirut. 7 flights scheduled to come from Egypt operated by various airlines had to cancel their flights. Number of passengers coming in from Egypt were informed on the plane of their cancellation, where as flight returned back to Beirut airport 20 mins after takeoff.

The DGCA clarified that no passengers came from Egypt today to Kuwait International Airport, where all passenger flights coming from Egypt were canceled while one flight arrived from Lebanon before the announcement of ban was made and all passengers have a PCR certificate and after the decision was issued the next second flight from Beirut was canceled.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation made it clear that ban is for passengers arriving from 31 countries and not the expats. Those who wish to travel to Kuwait can do so after spending 14 consecutive days in countries which are not banned.

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