Arabic local newspaper Alrai reported that The Director of the Public Health Department, Dr.Rafhad Al-Ghamlas announced that based on the directives of the Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah and the Undersecretary of the Ministry Dr. Mustafa Reda to facilitate the citizens traveling through the border crossings, a team from the Ministry of Health consisting of the Deputy Ministry, the Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Affairs and the Director of the Public Health Department And the health team present at the border outlets visited each of the ports of Nuwaiseeb and Salmi, during which a meeting was held with officials of the Ministry of Interior to overcome difficulties and facilitate procedures for travelers across the land borders.

Al-Ghamlas indicated that the necessary arrangements have been made to double the number of human teams responsible for health registration and to conduct swabs to detect Covid-19 disease and to assist those coming to download and activate the “Shlonak” application at the Nuwaiseeb port, and another medical team has been assigned to work in the Salmi port, which began working in The previous two days, to facilitate entry to those coming from areas close to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, such as the city of Riyadh and Hafar Al-Batin, and this measure also greatly contributes to reducing congestion at the Nuwaiseeb port.

Al-Ghamlas stated that those coming from the land ports must adhere to the conditions and controls of the Ministry of Health in Kuwait to cross from the land, sea and air ports, and he also advised to bring a copy of the civil ID card with them to speed up entry procedures and confirmed that the health procedures for arrivals through Kuwait International Airport will also apply to arrivals. From the land outlets, which includes obtaining a certified PCR health certificate «proving freedom from infection with Covid-19 disease with a validity period of (96) hours from the date of examination and downloading and activating the« Shlonak »application on private phones before entering the port and undergoing home quarantine for a period of 14 Day after arrival, a virtual examination before crossing the port, and a random examination to detect the presence of the virus by 10 percent of the arrivals, while adhering to other health requirements in terms of wearing masks, physical distancing, and using sterilizers.

The Director of the Public Health Department stated that the Ministry of Health is in the process of providing declarations and instructions for the application of “Shlonak” and home quarantine on the ministry’s website, so that arrivals can print and fill out the declarations before arriving at the port to facilitate health procedures at the ports.