A mandatory hotel quarantine rule being introduced in Kuwait will have the knock-on effect of passenger flights resuming in the country, according to health sources in the country.
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Starting from February 21, Kuwait will enforce a seven-day hotel quarantine for all passengers arriving into the country. Additionally, passengers will need to undergo an additional seven days of domestic quarantine.
Plans to ramp up passenger flights and airport capacity in Kuwait were curtailed in late January when the government said it would cap arrivals until further notice. Kuwait had originally planned to reinstate 60 percent occupancy in its airport by now, but has been halted by fears of COVID-19 variants cropping up across the globe.
It’s yet to be seen what impact the hotel quarantining will have on Kuwaiti hospitality. The practice has already been used in country such as Australia and will soon be rolled out in the UK.
Tourism leaders such as WTTC president & CEO Gloria Guevara has slammed hotel quarantines, going as far to say that it will dismantle the industry entirely.
“These latest government proposals, to impose a 10-day hotel quarantine on those UK inbound travellers originating from so-called ‘high-risk’ countries, will still cause enormous damage to the travel and tourism sector.
“We firmly believe testing on departure and arrival for all travellers is the only way to halt the spread of the virus in its tracks, while still allowing negative testing passengers to travel in safety and restore international mobility. We will continue to urge the government to abandon ineffective and highly-destructive quarantines.”
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