Kuwaiti Health Minister Sheikh Basel Al Sabah vaccine covid
Kuwaiti Health Minister Sheikh Basel Al Sabah shows his electronic certificate to journalists after receiving the vaccine against the coronavirus, in the capital Kuwait City on January 14, 2021. Image Credit: AFP

Cairo: With more countries around the world vaccinating people against COVID-19, health measures for arrivals in Kuwait are unlikely to change any time soon.

Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas has quoted government sources as saying that receiving the vaccine abroad will not exempt arrivals in the country - citizens and expatriates - from going into quarantine or showing a negative virus-detecting test result.

“Approving the vaccination document requires a global accredited system in order to avoid potential forgery,” one source said.

The sources cited world interest in an international accredited vaccination passport and an electronic platform for all countries to verify related vaccination documents.

“Unifying the electronic vaccination passport in the world requires at least one year. Kuwait has finalised all its measures related to the vaccination passport and is waiting for other countries,” a source said.

However, the sources noted that whoever receives a document showing getting the vaccine in Kuwait will be exempted from the requirement to go into quarantine and the PCR on leaving and returning to the country.

Last month, Kuwait started vaccinations against COVID-19 for citizens and foreign residents.