Despite the very real threat of infection from the new variant of COVID-19 virus that has spread in many countries, it does not appear to have raised any additional fears among travelers in Kuwait.

Plans for travel to various destinations during the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations are going ahead unhampered. For its part, Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has affirmed that no new restrictions on travel have been imposed in the wake of the Omicron variant reported in several countries. The DGCA also noted that nearly 70 percent of operations at Kuwait International Airport had been restored and it was slowly edging towards full-scale operations.

Meanwhile, travel agencies and airline offices are reporting a brisk pace in sales of tickets and hotel reservations to many popular destinations, with only few, if any, cancellations of previous bookings.. People apparently believe that there is no cause for worry as most people in the country have already received two doses of the vaccinations. Moreover, there is growing confidence in the capability of health authorities to handle any emergence of the Omicron variant, as they have gained the necessary valuable experience in dealing with the virus over the past year.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Travel and Tourism Offices, Muhammad Al-Mutairi, said that there has been a marked increase in reservations, especially given that ticket prices remain moderate to the most preferred destinations such as London, Turkey, Riyadh, Jeddah and Dubai.

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