Kuwait bans unvaccinated citizens from travelling abroad

Kuwait bans unvaccinated citizens from travelling abroad
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Kuwait will only allow vaccinated citizens to travel abroad starting August 1.
The Gulf country in February banned the entry of non-citizens in a bid to limit the spread of the virus [Getty]

Kuwait on Tuesday said it will only allow vaccinated citizens to travel abroad starting August 1, the government communication office reported.

The statement excepted children under age 16, those with a health ministry certificate saying they cannot be vaccinated, and pregnant women who get a pregnancy proof certificate from authorities.

The Gulf country in February banned the entry of non-citizens in a bid to limit the spread of the virus, but started to ease some of its Covid-19 restrictions in recent weeks.

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In June, the government announced foreign travellers will need to have been fully inoculated with one of the four vaccines that the Gulf country has approved - Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. 

Passengers were also expected to hold a negative PCR test conducted a maximum of 72 hours before travel, and undergo another test during a seven-day quarantine in the country.

Previously, Kuwaitis were required to have had at least one jab in order to travel.

Kuwait has officially recorded more than 332,000 coronavirus cases, over 1,800 of them fatal.

(Reuters)