Kuwait’s Directorate General for Civil Aviation (GDCA) has issued a circular requiring travellers from 15 countries to submit a PCR test result before their arrival to the country that is approved by the Medical Utility Network Accreditor (MUNA) system.
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The MUNA system was put in place to identify approved laboratories abroad to ensure that there is no forgery or tampering with the result of the PCR test.
Any passenger arriving in Kuwait will need to have proof of a valid PCR test, approved by the MUNA system, conducted no more than 72 hours prior to their departure. In addition, the passengers must not have any symptoms such as cold, sneezing, high temperature or a cough.
The 15 countries are as follows: UAE, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Turkey, Philippines, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the United Kingdom, France and the United States.
Deputy Director General of the DGCA, Saleh Al Fadaghi, stated, “In view of the global pandemic and rise in COVID-19 cases, health authorities in Kuwait have adopted the MUNA system to ensure accuracy. Laboratories outside of Kuwait must ensure the reliability of the issued certificate and link them to the MUNA programme so we can ensure that the results have not been tampered with.”
The decision has been implemented on passengers arriving from five countries, India, Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The decision will be enforced on the remaining 10 countries starting March 25.
Ban on non-Kuwaitis
Although the decision applies to passengers arriving from 15 countries, non-Kuwaitis are still barred from entering Kuwait until further notice.
Those that are exempt from the decision are first degree relatives of Kuwaitis, domestic workers, members of the diplomatic core and health professionals.
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