Sri Lankans travelling to Kuwait to produce medical certificate

The Kuwaiti government announced it will start screening travelers coming from Sri Lanka and 9 other countries arriving in the Gulf state beginning Sunday, March 8, following the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide.

The Kuwait Directorate General for Civil Aviation made the announcement on Wednesday, March 4, saying the new measure would cover expat passengers coming from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Syria, Azerbaijan, Turkey, the Philippines, Georgia, and Lebanon.

Travelers from these countries will need to undergo a medical examination and submit a certificate confirming they are not infected with the coronavirus or risk being deported from Kuwait.

The Kuwaiti government emphasized medical certificates must be issued by health centers approved by the countries’ respective embassies in Kuwait. If there is no embassy setup, medical certificates must be issued by each countries’ respective health authorities.

Passengers entering Kuwait without the required certificate, they added, will be denied entry and deported on the same airplane used to travel to the country.

The Kuwaiti government warned it will not bear financial costs for passengers who will need to leave the country. It will also fine airline companies for violating its rules on ensuring passengers carried the required medical certificates.