First degree relatives of citizens and domestic workers are exempt from the decision. Image Credit: Supplied

Kuwait City: As Kuwait put in place new measures for travel starting February 21, around 989 citizens and 453 domestic workers arrived in Kuwait in 48 hours, local media reported.

Anyone entering Kuwait as of midnight on Sunday must quarantine in a hotel for seven-days at their own expense. Following the hotel quarantine, passengers must conduct another seven-days quarantine but at home.

Since the decision went into effect, 48 flights have arrived in Kuwait carrying a total of 1,422 passengers. The Director of Operations at DGCA, Mansour Al Hashemi, said in a statement that the majority of the arrivals were from Gulf countries, Turkey and India.

Although less than two hours before new measures were implemented, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced late Saturday night that the ban on non-Kuwaitis, which was supposed to be lifted on Sunday, would be extended until further notice.

First degree relatives of citizens and domestic workers were exempt from the decision.

Limiting travel

Kuwait has put strict travel measures in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus as the country has been witnessing a spike in recent weeks.

On February 7, the government announced new health protocols, one of which is a travel ban on non-Kuwaitis which was supposed to end after two weeks but was extended.

Then on Monday, the government announced that as of February 24 Kuwait would close its land and sea borders. Kuwaitis and their first degree relatives are exempt from the decision.