In a circular delivered to all diplomatic missions, regional and international organizations accredited to Kuwait, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Protocol Affairs department detailed the new precautionary steps taken by Kuwait. This comes after the Cabinet decided to lift several of the earlier restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 situation during its weekly meeting on Monday.
The foreign ministry's circular reads as follows:
First, there are guidelines and conditions for those who have been immunized:
- Fully immunized people fall into the following categories:
Individuals who have had a booster dose of the anti-Coronavirus vaccine that has been approved by the Kuwaiti government
Individuals who have recently got the full dose of the anti-Coronavirus vaccine approved by the Kuwaiti government
Individuals who have been infected with the Coronavirus and have recovered after three months had passed after the infection.
- Individuals who have received the entire dose of the anti-Coronavirus vaccination recommended by the Kuwaiti government are deemed partially vaccinated.
- Individuals who have not received or finished the State of Kuwait-approved anti-Coronavirus vaccines are deemed unimmunized.
- The ruling will take effect on Sunday, February 20th, 2022.
Second, there are procedures to follow when travelling to and from Kuwait:
- Allowing those who have not been inoculated to travel.
- Arrival procedures in Kuwait
- a) Prior to arrival
- Fully immunized
- PCR test is no longer required.
- Upon arrival, a PCR test is no longer required
- b)Following your arrival,
- You are no longer required to stay in quarantine at home.
- A PCR test for partially immunized individuals is no longer required prior to arrival.
- Quarantined at home for seven days following arrival, with the potential of being released if a PCR test reveals that the individual is virus-free.
- c) Individuals who have not been immunized
- Must submit a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours of the travel.
- In this regard, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers recommended all visitors perform a fast home test (RAPID TEST) if they have symptoms after returning from their trip.
- If the test results are positive, a PCR test will be performed to confirm the viral infection.
Third, there are measures to combat the Coronavirus:
1. Assigning the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to take appropriate measures to eliminate social barriers between worshipers during mosque prayers by guaranteeing adherence to health regulations such as immunization, mask wear, and the provision of a carpet for each worshipper.
2. Allowing all types of people to enter commercial complexes (both the vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals).
3. Allowing unvaccinated people access to closed places (cinemas, theatres, and concert halls) if they have a PCR test confirming that they are virus-free within 72 hours of entry, except for children under the age of sixteen (16), and cancelling social distancing in these places while wearing a mask and sterilizing their hands.
4. Allowing the use of public transit at full capacity, with the requirement of wearing a mask.
5. Training courses, meetings, conferences, and internal meetings will be rescheduled.
6. Allowing all types of social activities, both indoor and outdoor, as well as celebrations and receptions organized by diplomatic missions accredited to the State of Kuwait on national days and other official occasions, as long as health criteria are met.
7. The actions outlined above will be implemented on Sunday, February 20, 2022.
All government institutions will resume regular working hours on Sunday, February 13, 2022.
Fourth, children under the age of 16 must meet the following health conditions in order to attend school:
- When attending, the weekly PCR test for those who have not been vaccinated will be cancelled.
- Isolation is limited to cases that are positive or have symptoms.
- The decision will take effect on Sunday, February 20, 2022.