Kuwait suspends all commercial flights from India amid COVID-19 surge
Kuwait on Saturday suspended all direct commercial flights coming from India until further notice due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country.
The move came after instructions from health authorities.
Kuwait’s directorate general of civil aviation said that it had suspended all direct commercial flights coming from India, effective April 24.
All passengers arriving from India either directly or via another country will be banned from entering unless they have spent at least 14 days out of India, it said in a statement on Twitter.
Kuwaiti citizens, their first degree relatives and their domestic workers will be allowed to enter the country.
Operations of freight flights will continue, it said.
Over one million Indian community members live in Kuwait, the largest expatriate community in the country, according to the Indian Embassy in Kuwait.
Earlier, the UK, the UAE and Canada announced ban flights from India amid the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country.
A record single-day rise of 3,46,786 COVID-19 cases pushed India’s tally of infection to 1,66,10,481, while active cases crossed the 25-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the UAE on Friday updated its travel ban for India, saying that all incoming flights on national and foreign carriers from the country will be suspended, while transportation of passengers from the Gulf country to India will be allowed.
The UAE on Thursday banned travel from India for 10 days from Sunday due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country.
The UAE’s General Authority of Civil Aviation and the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced an update on regulations with the clarification that entry from India will be suspended for all incoming flights on national and foreign carriers.
According to a statement released, this will also apply to those carrying transit passengers, except for transit flights coming to the UAE and heading onward to India.
This decision includes the entry of travellers who were in India in the last 14 days prior to coming to the UAE, the statement said.
The statement, however, said that the flights between the two countries will continue to operate allowing the transportation of passengers from the UAE to India.