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Kuwait: Foreigners related to Kuwaitis allowed entry from banned countries

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Kuwait will allow foreigners who are closely related to Kuwaitis to enter the country even if they come from the 31 countries from which flights are currently banned, a Kuwaiti aviation official has said.

Earlier this month, Kuwait announced banning entry of travellers from 31 “high-risk” countries until further notice on instructions from Kuwaiti health authorities.

“Airlines operating at the Kuwait International Airport are directed to allow entry of non-Kuwaiti passengers who have a first-degree relation with a Kuwaiti citizen such as the father, the mother, husband, wife and children coming from the 31 countries,” Saad Al Otaibi, the spokesman for Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), told Al Anba newspaper.

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The official added that domestic workers with valid residency permits and who are accompanied by their sponsors are allowed entry into Kuwait too.

On August 1, the DGCA announced the ban on the 31 countries including India, Pakistan, Egypt, and the Philippines that have large communities of expatriates in Kuwait.

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