Air India issues sales update, Kuwait DGCA releases new travel advisory for passengers arriving from India

As Indian carriers are awaiting permission to carry passengers from India to Kuwait from the Indian civil aviation ministry, Indian national Air India has issued a sales update warning travel agents and passengers not to fall for fake advertisements or announcements concerning flight schedules.

In a sales update circular sent out to the travel industry partners, the national airline has said that as soon as permission is obtained from the Indian Civil Aviation the schedule would be released

Informed sources said that the industry is anxiously awaiting as the fares are expected to be much lower than the present fares being quoted by Kuwait carriers. Fares for some flights are being quoted as high as KD 900.000 for one-ways tickets while most fares are between KD 500 to KD 750 which is almost 10 times the normal fares

Meanwhile, Kuwait DGCA has issued travel guidelines for passengers arriving from India who are Non-Kuwaiti passengers with valid visas/residences. Immunized Category and non-immunized minor below 16 years provided they are traveling with their Immunized parents.

The most important of the guidelines are the following-

  1. Passengers showing any symptoms of COVID-19 (High Temperature/Cold/Cough/Sneezing etc.) will not be accepted on the flight to Kuwait.
  2. No visa on arrival facility is available at Kuwait International Airport.
  3. Kuwait Residence permit holders who overstayed (more than 6 months) outside Kuwait:  a) Persons exited the State of Kuwait on/after Sep 01, 2019 are permitted to enter Kuwait, provided they are in possession of a valid residence permit/visa. b) Persons who exited the State of Kuwait on/before Aug 31, 2019, are not permitted to enter the State of Kuwait even though traveler holds a valid residence.
  4. Screenshots/printouts/photos of IMMUNE or Kuwait Mobile ID application will not be honored. It should be verified by using the application from the passenger’s smartphone.
  5. Passengers shall travel to the State of Kuwait by presenting their valid digital civil ID using the Kuwait Mobile ID App.
  6.  GCC Nationals must only use their passport to enter the State of Kuwait. Travel with ID is suspended.
  7. GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries are; the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, and State of Kuwait.

Immunization/Vaccination Conditions

The following falls under Immunized Category-

  • Travelers who have taken State of Kuwait Approved Vaccinations according to the mentioned course as follows:
    a. Two doses of Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine.
    b. Two doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford Vaccine.
    c. Two doses of Moderna Vaccine.
    d. One dose of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine.
  •  Additionally, travelers who have taken the following unapproved vaccinations according to the mentioned course:
    a. Two doses of Sinopham
    b. Two doses of Sinovac
    c. Two doses of Sputnik
  • Provided they have received at least one dose of one of the State of Kuwait approved vaccinations after taking the unapproved vaccinations.

Proof of Vaccination in the State of Kuwait
Option 1: Using Kuwait Mobile ID (GREEN status only)
Option 2: Using Kuwait IMMUNE App (GREEN status only)
Option 3: Using Kuwait Mosafer – Verify the same using KM Admin Portal (Fully vaccinated)

2. Vaccinated outside the State of Kuwait
Option 1: By presenting Vaccination Certificate issued byrespective authorities which must contain the following: a. Name matching with the valid passport.
b. Type of vaccination received.
c. Date of doses administered.
d. Name of vaccine.
e. Electronic readable QR code – Agents must verify the authenticity of the certificate by scanning the QR code. Do not accept any passengers without verifying the certificate.

Option 2: If no QR code available on the certificate: certificate must be uploaded to the following Kuwait MoH website for approval.
Website: https://vaxcert.moh.gov.kw/SPCMS/PH/CVD_19_Vaccine_External_RegistrationAR.aspx

Once approved, same will reflect as GREEN color status in IMMUNE or Kuwait Mobile ID application or using KM admin portal.

Passengers are allowed to enter by meeting the following requirements:

a) Negative RT-PCR (swab) test valid 72 hours from the time/date of test to the time of acceptance on the flight obtained from a local government accredited lab.
b) This does not apply to children below 6 years old.

Non-immunized Category Not Allowed to enter. But this does not apply to:

  1. Passengers with exceptional entry approval issued by Kuwait Counsel of Ministers – such approval must be verified before acceptance.
  2. Government and private medical staff, their accompanied or unaccompanied first-degree relatives (husband/wife/children) by submitting proof their profession and proof of relationship and their accompanied domestic worker.
  3. Foreign diplomatic missions and approved diplomats and their accompanied or unaccompanied first-degree relatives (husband/wife/children) provided that their Diplomatic ID is being presented and their accompanied domestic worker.
  4. Negative RT-PCR (swab) test valid 72 hours from the time/date of test to the time of acceptance on the flight obtained from a local government accredited lab.
  5. This does not apply to children below 6 years old.
  6. Complete registration in SHLONIK application
  7. Complete registration in KM platform according to the flight number and date.

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