Kuwait extends travel ban list over virus fears

Published: 3 August 2020 - 7 a.m.

Kuwait has banned passenger flights to more than 30 countries over coronavirus fears.

Kuwait International Airport resumed operations at 30 percent capacity on August 1 after a long suspension period started back in March.

However, sister title Aviation Business reported that Kuwait’s civil aviation authority has released a growing list of ‘high risk’ countries Kuwaitis cannot travel to.

The list currently includes the following countries: India, Iran, China, Brazil, Columbia, Armenia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Syria, Spain, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Iraq, Mexico, Indonesia, Chile, Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Italy, Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Montenegro, Dominican Republic, and Kosovo.

The new list is substantially larger than the original one which included only Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran and Nepal.

The country’s airport will not return to pre-pandemic operations until August 2021.

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