Indian Ambassador Shri Sibi George today, Tuesday August 10th, discussed the issues related to the return of stranded Indians with the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mustafa Reda.
The meeting discussed, inter alia, bilateral relations between India and Kuwait; ways and means of further strengthening bilateral institutional cooperation, particularly in healthcare domain; matters of importance to Indian diaspora including vaccination of Indian nationals in Kuwait, facilitation of procedures for early return to Kuwait of stranded Indian nationals with valid residence permit to the State of Kuwait, direct passenger arrivals from India to Kuwait, streamlining the procedures for recruitment of healthcare professionals from India especially of nurses; and issues of mutual interest.
The Meeting discussed procedures of return of Indians who are stranded outside Kuwait due to the measures taken by Kuwait to control the pandemic. According to sources, the direct entry to Kuwait from India for Indian Nurses and their families will be open very soon.
On the subject of facilitation of return of Indian nationals to Kuwait, H.E. Dr. Redha assured Ambassador that the processing of vaccination certificates uploaded by Indian nationals has been expedited and issues, if any, related to QR code scanning will also be addressed on a real-time basis. Dr. Redha also clarified that those exempted from vaccination requirements include children below 18 years of age and pregnant women.
The Meeting made good progress on the issues of the return of stranded Indians. According to sources, a clear procedure on the direct entry of all Indian nationals is expected in the coming days.
The Meeting also touched on plans and strategies for vaccination against the emerging coronavirus and creating vaccination awareness among the Indian community.