Kuwait bans flights to 31 ‘high risk’ countries
August 02 2020 01:27 AM
Travellers wearing face masks due to the novel coronavirus pandemic wait at a registering counter at the Kuwait International Airport, in Farwaniya, yesterday.


Kuwait has banned until further notice commercial flights to 31 countries it regards as high risk due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said yesterday.
The countries include India, Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon and Sri Lanka, which all have large numbers of expatriates in Kuwait.
The list also includes China, Iran, Brazil, Mexico, Italy and Iraq.
The ban was announced the same day that Kuwait began a partial resumption of commercial flights.
The authorities have said Kuwait International Airport would run at about 30% capacity from yesterday, gradually increasing in coming months.
The health ministry also advised against all non-essential travel at the present time, government spokesman Tariq al-Muzaram said on Twitter.
Kuwait, which has recorded nearly 67,000 coronavirus cases and more than 400 deaths, began a five-phase plan at the start of June to gradually lift Covid-19 restrictions. A partial curfew remains in place.

Last updated: August 02 2020 01:28 AM

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