The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) are making the necessary preparations to resume operations at the airport, including the start of commercial flights, starting from 4 am on Saturday, January 2, 2021.

The Deputy Director General for Kuwait International Airport Affairs, Saleh Al-Fadaghi, directed the airlines to prepare to operate according to the flight schedule, in implementation of the Cabinet’s decision.

Al-Fadaghi clarified in the circular that the decisions will be reviewed according to new developments regarding the spread of the Coronavirus.

In addition, a responsible source revealed to Al-Qabas daily that the decision to prevent entry to expat passengers from 35 banned countries is still in effect, whether arriving directly or via transit unless the arrivals have settled in a non-prohibited country for a period of 14 days and provide an approved PCR test certificate.

Operational plan

The source indicated that the operational plan for the first phase of commercial flights will remain as it is without any change, saying, “According to the plan, the first phase will not exceed 30%, with a passenger rate of 10,000 passengers, which will end on January 31, in preparation for the start of the second phase.”

The source indicated that the first incoming trips to the country will be from Turkey, indicating that the technical and medical devices are ready for when commercial flights start. Adding that the medical procedures remain as is and have not changed, and “No new instructions have been received from the health authorities about any change in health procedures related to testing arrivals.”

With regard to those coming from Britain after the country was being added to the list of banned countries recently, the source said that the handling of expats coming from the United Kingdom will be similar to travelers from other banned countries, but Kuwaitis can return to the country after passing through a (transit) airport in non-prohibited countries after undergoing a pcr test.

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