Kuwait imposes stricter rules on foreign nationals traveling from 10 countries

The new rule will be applied starting March 8. (File/AFP)
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Updated 04 March 2020

Kuwait imposes stricter rules on foreign nationals traveling from 10 countries

  • The medical certificate must be issued by health centers approved by the Kuwait Embassy
  • Kuwaiti nationals returning home from these countries would undergo government-led medical tests at the airport

DUBAI: Kuwait’s civil aviation authority has imposed new rules on foreign nationals traveling from 10 countries that require the provision of a medical certificate from the country they are traveling from, confirming they are free of coronavirus, state news agency KUNA reported on Wednesday.

The new rule comes into force on Sunday, March 8, and will cover passengers coming from Sri Lanka, The Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

The medical certificate must be issued by health centers approved by the Kuwait embassy in each country, the report said. In countries where Kuwait has no embassy, medical centers issuing the certificates must be accredited by these countries’ health authorities.

Kuwait will turn back and deport passengers who fail to present these certificates on the same flights they took, and without any financial responsibility on the country. Airlines who violate the circular would be fined, civil aviation authorities added.

Meanwhile, Kuwaiti nationals returning home from these countries are exempt from the rule and instead will undergo government-led medical tests at the airport.


Syria Kurdish-led force launches new anti-Daesh campaign

Updated 05 June 2020

Syria Kurdish-led force launches new anti-Daesh campaign

  • Operations will focus on the vast east Syria desert near the border with Iraq

BEIRUT: US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria announced Friday a fresh campaign to hunt down remnants of the Daesh group near the Iraqi border following a recent uptick in attacks.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led paramilitary alliance that has spearheaded the ground fight against Daesh in Syria since 2015, said that the new campaign is being carried out in coordination with the Iraqi army and the US-led coalition.
“This campaign will target ISIS’s hideouts and hotbeds,” it said, using a different acronym for the militant group.
It said operations will focus on the vast east Syria desert near the border with Iraq where Daesh has conducted a spate of attacks in recent months.
Since the loss of its last territory in Syria in March 2019, Daesh attacks have been restricted to the vast desert that stretches from the heavily populated Orontes valley in the west all the way to Iraqi border.
It regularly targets SDF forces and has vowed to seek revenge for the defeat of its so-called “caliphate”.
The SDF, with backing from its coalition allies, launched a campaign to hunt down sleeper cells after it forced Daesh militants out of their last Syrian redoubt in the desert hamlet of Baghouz in March 2019.
A raid in October by US special forces killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the militant group which once controlled large swathes of territory in both Iraq and Syria.
Last month, the United Nations accused the Daesh group and others in Syria of exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to step up violence on civilians, describing the situation as a “ticking time-bomb”.
Across the border in Iraq, Daesh has exploited a coronavirus lockdown, coalition troop withdrawals and simmering political disputes to ramp up attacks.
Iraq declared Daesh defeated in late 2017 but sleeper cells have survived in remote northern and western areas, where security gaps mean the group wages occasional attacks.
They have spiked since early April as militants plant explosives, shoot up police patrols and launch mortar and rocket fire at villages.