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Kuwait: Travel restrictions still in place despite mass vaccination
Around 67% of population has received at least first dose of vaccine
Published:  June 14, 2021 19:39
Yasmena Al Mulla, Correspondent
Many people have criticised the travel ban, calling it illogical and inhuman as it targets a person solely based on their nationality. Arguments have been put forward claiming that restrictions should be enforced on both Kuwaitis and expats, especially since the virus does not differentiate between nationalities.
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Kuwait City: Despite the fact that a large portion of the citizens and expats in Kuwait is vaccinated, strict travel restrictions still remain in place.
According to health sources, around 67 per cent of the population has received at last one jab of the COVID-19 vaccine. Although more than half of those eligible have received some form of protection, several restrictions have yet to be lifted and there has been no indication that they will be lifted anytime soon.
Ongoing ban on expats
While many non-Kuwaitis received either the first or both doses of the vaccine, they are still barred from travelling to Kuwait despite the fact that their Kuwaiti counterparts are able to travel easily if they are vaccinated. Many expats have gone months, some over year, without seeing their families due to ongoing travel restrictions. The ban was put in place on February 7 and is in effect until further notice.
Many people have criticised the travel ban, calling it illogical and inhuman as it targets a person solely based on their nationality. Arguments have been put forward claiming that restrictions should be enforced on both Kuwaitis and expats, especially since the virus does not differentiate between nationalities.
Restrictions on Kuwaitis
Vaccinated Kuwaitis who are able to travel still face some issues as the Kuwait airport is still operating at a limited capacity. So far, all flights entering Kuwait can only carry up to 35 passengers. According to the Federation of Tourism and Travel Offices, the limited seats have increased the price of tickets four times - too high a cost for many. Since May 22, Kuwaitis who are unvaccinated are unable to travel. Those who are exempt from the decision are: pregnant women, those who have a certificate from the Ministry of Health stating their inability to receive the vaccine due to health conditions, children under the eligible age, students studying abroad and members of the diplomatic core.
Photos: Dubai landmarks light up in flag colours to mark 60th Kuwait National Day
Celebrations in Dubai affirmed the deep and strong fraternal ties between UAE and Kuwait
Published:  February 26, 2021 15:27
Gulf News
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Burj Khalifa | Dubai: Sharing the joy of celebrating the 60th National Day of Kuwait on 25 February, Dubai’s landmarks lit up in the colours of the Kuwaiti flag.
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Dubai Frame | The celebrations in Dubai affirmed the deep and strong fraternal ties between the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, as well as their shared history, heritage and culture.
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A fascinating projection on the Burj Khalifa on 25 February saw the world’s tallest building adorned in the Kuwaiti flag colors of red, white, black and green, reflecting the pride of this great nation while the Dubai Frame also made a projection with the colours of the Kuwaiti flag from 23 to 25 February.
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As a part of the celebrations, visitors to Festival Bay at Dubai Festival City Mall watched a special edition of the award-winning and record-breaking "Imagine" show on 25 February.
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The Kuwait National Day themed show featured a variety of performances such as dancing fountains dazzling laser displays and light effects. At the end of the show, a projection of the Kuwait flag lit up the facade of the InterContinental Hotel Dubai Festival City.
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Photos: First 'car-in' restaurant service launched in Kuwait after dine-ins banned
Government banned dine-in venues due to the spread of COVID-19
Published:  March 09, 2021 17:41
AFP and Compiled by Devadasan K P, Picture Editor
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Waiters serve customers in their cars outside a restaurant in Kuwait City on March 9, 2021. This restaurant is the first to launch a car-in service to continue receiving customers after the government banned dine-in venues due to the spread of COVID-19.
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The Kuwait government has decided to impose a partial curfew for a month and extend the ban on entry of non-Kuwaitis into the country until further notice amid a record spike in coronavirus cases. Above, a Waiter serves food to customers in their car outside a restaurant in Kuwait City.
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People have lunch in their cars outside a restaurant in Kuwait City. During the curfew, people can go to mosques on foot and pharmacies to buy medical supplies. At the same time, shops, cooperative societies, and markets are permitted to carry out their activities through only delivery service.
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During the non-curfew period, people are banned from entering restaurants and cafes but can receive their orders through delivery service or inside their cars.
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A deserted street in Kuwait city, as a nationwide curfew from 5 p.m. until 5 a.m., is imposed for one month to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus cases after Kuwait recorded its highest daily COVID-19 infection count.
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The move, which restricts movement across the country from 5 p.m. in the evening till 5 a.m., will be effective from March 7 and will continue until April 8.
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In an effort to vaccinate as many people as possible, the Ministry of Health announced it will continue inoculating people even during the curfew hours which began on Sunday and will be enforced everyday from 5.00pm to 5.00am for a month.
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Kuwait Health Ministry said that 1,326 people were tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 201, 898, reported state news agency (KUNA).
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People arrive to receive a dose of COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at the make-shift vaccination centre erected at the Kuwait International Fairground, in the Mishref suburb in Kuwait City.
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The Ministry of Health has announced that as of Monday 322,000 residents and citizens have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
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