Kuwait will embark on a plan to repatriate 50,000 citizens stranded abroad due to suspension of flights globally over coronavirus concerns, the Kuwait News Agency announced on Monday.
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Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah said: “We have 50,000 citizens stranded abroad. We have rolled a plan to begin repatriating them to the country, starting from Sunday. “
On Saturday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced that airlines would be allowed to operate outbound flights from Kuwait to repatriate ex-pats.
Airliners can schedule flights to several destinations in accordance with the Cabinet decision to this effect which was issued on April 9.
The move comes as Kuwait continues with its amnesty campaign for expatriates who do not have valid residency permits in the country. The initiative, in place from April 1-30, allows residency violators to leave the country without paying any fines and offers them a chance to return to the country later with the right documents.
Meanwhile, Kuwait confirmed 66 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking its overall count of infections to 1,300.
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