Health Ministry is developing a inventory of its employees, who are stuck outside the country and are unable to return to Kuwait thanks to restrictions imposed due to coronavirus pandemic . Employees were not able to return to the country as the airport activities were suspended as a measure taken against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Health department gave a circular to varied healthcare facilities to assemble the details of the employees which should include their full name and designation, their civil ID number, the work center, the specialty, the passport number, nationality and the country in which he/she resides, and the names of his relatives, if any, and if the residency permit is valid for them. The details should be submitted within a week to ministry of health.
Al-Seyassah daily earlier stated that the government is now allowing healthcare workers, teachers, wives of expatriates, and domestic workers to return from different countries that were on a 31 country ban list. Expats were prevented from entering Kuwait from these countries as they have recorded high rates of coronavirus infection, and as such are deemed as‘high-risk’ countries.
Kuwait government banned the entry considering the consequence caused by the coronavirus. Thus, the ban list includes countries such as India, Iran, China, Brazil, Columbia, Armenia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Syria, Spain, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Iraq, Mexico, Indonesia, Chile, Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Italy, North Macedonia, Moldova, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Montenegro, Dominican Republic and Kosovo.
The Cabinet issued decisions during the meeting that the visit and domestic work visas are going to be suspended until next October, and studying a proposal to get rid of the condition of a 14-day quarantine period for arrivals, and to suffice with a spot test to check if the person is coronavirus ‘positive’ or ‘negative’. Those showing signs of infection are to be ‘home’ quarantined.
Sources reported that there is a possibility to cancel the certificate required of those who are outside the country and renewed their residency visa, and be satisfied with the application of ‘my identity’.