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Kuwait wants Sri Lankans to carry Covid-19 free certificate

Colombo: Sri Lankans will not be allowed to enter Kuwait unless they have a valid medical certificate stating that they are free from Covid-19, the Kuwait government announced on Tuesday.

Kuwait has named 11 countries including Sri Lanka urging them to follow the new quarantine regulations implemented on Tuesday in the wake of the increasing incidence of the virus in many parts of the world.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued the relevant circular No 25 dated 04/02/2020, urging all expatriate passengers arriving from Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Syria, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Georgia, and Lebanon to undergo medical examination (PCR - Certificate) that confirms they are free from the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) before entering the country.

The Directorate stressed that the examination certificate must be issued by health centers approved by the Embassy of State of Kuwait, adding that if there is no Kuwaiti embassy in these countries, they must be certified by health authorities operating in the said countries.

The Directorate indicated that this Circular will be implemented as from March 8, pointing out that if not carrying the above virus-free certificate then the passenger will be prevented from entering Kuwait and deported on the same carrier without the State bearing any financial costs, together with levying fine on the airline company for violating this circular.

The Directorate stated that Kuwaiti citizens are excluded from the above Circular, as the examination procedures in force at Kuwait International Airport will be applied to them by the Kuwaiti health authorities.

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