Concerned with the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak in Kuwait, the Government of Kuwait announced a mandatory quarantine for travellers.
On the 18th of February, the Director General of Civil Aviation of Kuwait said, international passengers and citizens of Kuwait travelling would need to undergo a 7 days quarantine.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) spokesman Mr. Saad Al-Otaibi also said all travelers would have to book their hotel through the Kuwait Mosafer app before arriving in Kuwait.
The concerned authority even issued an order regarding the same.
The decision was taken after two week ban completion.
According to the issued orders, flight passengers who land in and depart from Kuwait International Airport must book hotels for the mandatory seven day institutional quarantine at their own expense. The issued notice would be in effect from the 21st of February, until further notice.
According to sources, approximately 43 hotels signed up to offer their services and their prices are dependent on whether they are three, four, or five star hotels and the services they provide.
Hotels as per The Kuwait Hotel Owners Association (KHOA) have also submitted their price list which includes the following as per the report stated.
Three star hotels inclusive of breakfast and airport transfer with fares per night.
Standard single room: Kuwait Dinar (KD) 20 ( United Arab Emirates Dirham symbol as Dhs 243) and double room: KD 30 (Dhs 365)
Four star hotels inclusive of breakfast and airport transfer with fares per night.
Standard single room: KD 30 (Dhs 365) and double room: KD 40 (Dhs 486)
Five star hotels inclusive of breakfast and airport transfer with fares per night.
Standard Single room: KD 45 (Dhs 547) and double room: KD 55 (Dhs668)
However, lawmakers have called on the government to review the decisions as this will add a massive financial burden during the pandemic.
The hotels would designate floors and rooms for the same and would serve food in disposal containers.
Once travelers are done with their seven day quarantine at the hotel of their choice, they must quarantine for an additional seven days at home.
Meanwhile, besides travel quarantine restrictions, there are several activities that have been suspended across the Nation which include health clubs, salons, barbershops, celebration halls, tents gatherings, sports related events and any celebrations for Kuwait National Day.
However, delivery services are allowed to continue and commercial shops and restaurants, including malls, need to stay open only till 5:00 A.M., to 8:00 P.M.
The total case count in the country has now reached 177,701.