Domestic workers to arrive in batches, online platform to register expats

Kuwait City, 18th November 2020:

Domestic workers to arrive in batches, online platform to register expats

A decisive meeting will be held in the coming days to decide the date for the return of direct flights from 34 banned countries, with the aim to facilitate the return of domestic workers from the countries, Al Rai daily reported.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is making preparations to set up various procedures to receive returning travelers for completion in accordance with the requirements set by the health authorities. Among the details mentioned in the plan is a platform to register expats wishing to return to Kuwait, and allowing for the return of domestic workers in batches.

The government committee formed by the Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Maryam Al-Aqeel will discuss in the upcoming meeting the plan drawn up by DGCA, and the details was reviewed in the meeting of the Minister of State for Services Affairs and the Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Mubarak Al-Haris with leaders and management officials.

The minister said that allowing the return of domestic workers directly to Kuwait will help to meet the needs of Kuwaiti families, and mentioned that the return will be organized in batches, while preparations are underway for the return of other workers that Kuwait needs in the near future.

The daily said, quoting informed sources that “the lifting of the ban will be gradual, beginning in countries with domestic workers, and may include at a later date other workers needed by government agencies and industries in the economic sectors”, stressing that “all returnees will be subject to institutional quarantine according to the requirements of the health authorities.”

Noting the details of the mentioned return, only those with valid residency visa will be allowed to return, and among the conditions developed in the plan is the establishment of an online platform to register expatriates stranded abroad who desire to return to Kuwait before they are authorized travel.

The sources said to Al Anba daily that the medical, nursing and preventive staff are fully prepared to conduct tests and examinations for domestic workers estimated to arrive in the thousands, and are awaiting a decision from the Ministry of Health. In addition, the chalets are ready to quarantine domestic workers at KD 30 per day which includes three meals for a period of 14 days. However, if the PCR test is found negative, the quarantine period is reduced to 7 days.

With regards to the prices of airline tickets for flights from the banned 34 countries, the sources revealed the government does not intend to burden the citizen with any additional expenses, and is working to organize a fair and balanced system that includes prices covering the expenses of companies without any increase to ensure the citizens do not suffer excessive expenditures. The prices may be kept at the usual standards, or with a slight increase depending on the type of classes booked on the flights.

The cost of supporting the travel expenses for domestic workers includes the ticket prices, the costs of staying in institutional quarantine, and PCR tests. Based on a decision to provide an exemption for a category from health service fees, domestic workers are exempted from PCR test fees.

Source – Times Kuwait

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