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Rishabh Verma
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Kuwait hits all time high in number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the country. Although Kuwait recently announced that it would reopen its borders to fully vaccinated foreign nationals from 24 October, 2021 and onwards, the government quickly revised their decision and re-imposed all travel restrictions. On 10 January 2022, the Kuwait government announced this decision. Once again, Kuwait has placed India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal on the list of high risk countries. This completely restricts the travelling of the residents of these countries to Kuwait until further notice. As of now, Kuwait is only accepting pre-contracted essential workers back into the country. Other workers (with active work permits) are currently not allowed to return to Kuwait unless they are accompanied by Kuwaiti nationals. But the expats in Kuwait are allowed to leave the country following the required COVID health protocols. For detailed information, please refer to the article cited below-
Applicable as of February, 2022, the following rules are imposed by the MOH in Kuwait:
​1. Passengers are not allowed to enter. This does not apply to:
- nationals of Kuwait;
- children, husbands and wives of nationals of Kuwait;
- nationals of Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty), and their accompanying children younger than 16 years;
- nationals of Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V and that they also received one vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty), and their accompanying children younger than 16 years. Passengers who received the last vaccine dose more than 9 months before arrival must have a booster;
- domestic workers accompanied by nationals of Kuwait;
- passengers with an 'Article 20' visa issued by Kuwait. Online registration at  https://belsalamah.com/home.html  is required if they do not have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate;
- passengers with a residence permit or a visa issued by Kuwait and with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty), and their accompanying children younger than 16 years;
- passengers with a residence permit or a visa issued by Kuwait and with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V and that they also received one vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty), and their accompanying children younger than 16 years. Passengers who received the last vaccine dose more than 9 months before arrival must have a booster;
- US military personnel with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty);
- US military personnel with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V and that they also received one vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty). Passengers who received the last vaccine dose more than 9 months before arrival must have a booster;
- passengers younger than 18 years with a residence permit issued by Kuwait;
- passengers arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
2. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter.
- This does not apply to nationals of Kuwait.
3. Flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are suspended.
4. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure.
- This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.
5. Passengers are subject to medical screening.
6. Passengers should install "Shlonik" and "Kuwait-Mosafer" applications on their personal device.
7. Suspension of visa on arrival facilities.
8. Passengers must register online before departure at  https://kuwaitmosafer.gov.kw/home.html
9. Passengers are subject to 2 PCR tests at their own expense upon arrival. They must have a payment confirmation obtained at  https://kuwaitmosafer.gov.kw/home.html  before departure.
- This does not apply to:
- nationals of Kuwait;
- passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty);
- passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V and that they also received one vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty). Passengers who received the last vaccine dose more than 9 months before arrival must have a booster;
- domestic workers with a residence permit or visa issued by Kuwait who are registered and traveling under BelSalamah package.
10. Passengers could be subject to quarantine at a hotel or home-quarantine for up to 7 days.
11. Passengers must have a confirmed hotel reservation booked for 7 days at  https://kuwaitmosafer.com/home.html  before departure.
- This does not apply to:
- passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty);
- passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V and that they also received one vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty). Passengers who received the last vaccine dose more than 9 months before arrival must have a booster;
- unaccompanied minors younger than 16 years.
12. Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Kuwait must present the certificate through the Immune app, or Kuwait Mobile ID app, or Kuwait-mosafer app.
13. Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued outside of Kuwait must:
- have a QR code on the certificate; or
- upload the certificate at  https://vaxcert.moh.gov.kw/SPCMS/PH/CVD_19_Vaccine_External_Registration.aspx​
- This does not apply to US military personnel.

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Sheikh Dayeen
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I was affected by this. I used to work at ILC, Salmiya and I left for a month's vacation. Renewed my CIVIL ID earlier this month, along with the Aqama. Any idea when they are gonna start allowing expats back? I'm fully vaccinated btw. 


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Rohan Yadav
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@supercqky Unfortunately, we don't know that, as of now. We gotta wait until the COVID situation subsides, and hope to God that the validity of Aqama remains. 


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