Vaccinated expats can return to Kuwait from August 1

Staff Correspondent

19 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Kuwait-bound Bangladeshi expatriates may get an opportunity to enter the Gulf country for its decision to allow the vaccinated foreign nationals from August 1.  

Kuwait government announced the decision on Thursday. The Gulf country in February banned the entry of non-citizens in a bid to limit the spread of the virus.

Since then, no foreign nationals, including Bangladeshi expatriate workers, could travel to the country.

Kuwait government’s spokesperson Tareq Al-Mizrem said foreign travelers would need to have been fully inoculated with one of the four vaccines approved by the Gulf country -- Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Passengers must also hold a negative PCR test conducted a maximum of 72 hours before travel and undergo another test during a seven-day quarantine in the country, Mizrem said at a briefing.

He said the foreign travelers must be kept in home quarantine until they test corona negative and the vaccinated travelers will be able to travel following health guidelines.

People who have not been vaccinated will not be allowed to enter important areas, including restaurants, gyms, saloons and shopping malls.

Meanwhile, many Kuwait-bound expatriate workers who have remained stranded after coming to the country on leave have demanded immediate measures of the Bangladesh government to provide them with the vaccines approved by the government of Kuwait so that they can return to their workplaces quickly.