Coronavirus: Kuwait resumes flights with India after months-long suspension

Gulf state cancelled flights as India's Covid-19 cases surged in April

A Jazeera Airlines Airbus A-320 plane taxies towards the departure gates at Kuwait International Airport. AP Photo
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Kuwait resumed commercial flights with India on Tuesday, with the first inbound plane landing in the Gulf state early in the morning, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) confirmed.

Five daily flights have been scheduled between the two countries, Raed Al Taher, director of Aviation Control, said.

The Kuwait Airlines flight from Mumbai was the first flight to arrive from India since the Gulf state halted all commercial flights in April, because of rising coronavirus cases. The flight from India's commercial capital arrived at Kuwait International Airport at 5.51am on Tuesday.

The Kuwaiti government last month said that commercial flights would resume to six countries, namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Nepal and Sri Lanka, but had not given a time frame.

Since August 1, vaccinated Kuwaiti citizens have only been allowed to travel abroad.

But those wishing to travel to the country had to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result before they boarded their flight.

On arrival, they must quarantine at home for a week unless they take another PCR test that produces a negative result.

Meanwhile, the government announced on Tuesday that sports matches and activities in the 2021-2022 season would be allowed to go ahead with 30 per cent crowd capacity.

Last month, Kuwait's health authorities said they had immunised about 70 per cent of the country’s population against coronavirus. The country began its vaccination campaign in December.

In April, mobile vaccination units were opened in businesses and mosques around the country.

Coronavirus cases and deaths have fallen in the country in recent weeks.

On Monday, the health authorities reported 71 new infections and one further death, taking the country's toll to 410,413 cases and 2,425 deaths since the outbreak began.

Updated: September 07, 2021, 4:53 PM