Coronavirus: Kuwait again extends visas during COVID-19 pandemic

Kuwait has extended again residency and visit visas for an additional three months from September 1 for those currently in Kuwait; local media Kuwait Times reported on Wednesday.

The country’s Ministry of Interior had previously extended visas until August 31 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic; that had caused borders to shut; and made travel in some cases impossible.

In early August, Kuwait also banned commercial flights to 31 high-risk countries, including Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines; Lebanon, and Sri Lanka.

However; international flights to Kuwait resumed August 1.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA); has launched the “Kuwait-Musafer” app to assist travelers flying to and from Kuwait amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While the country grapples with the pandemic; it is also seeking to lower the number of expats in the country and has issued several new rules for expat workers. Last week Kuwait’s Public Authority for Manpower announced; a decision banning the visa transfer of government workers to the private sector; and placing restrictions; on transferring dependent visas to private sector work visas.