COVID-19: Kuwait approves repatriation flights to India amid journey ban

Dubai, August 6

Kuwait has accepted India’s request to run repatriation flights for residents wishing to return residence, even because the Gulf nation has imposed an indefinite journey ban on 31 “high-risk” coronavirus international locations, together with India, in keeping with a media report on Thursday.

Kuwait’s Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will function the repatriation flights from August 10 to October 24, the Gulf News reported, citing Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas.

The burden of flights will probably be shared equally between Indian and Kuwaiti airways and every day about 1,000 Indians will go away Kuwait City, the report stated.

Kuwait has a inhabitants of 4.eight million with foreigners accounting for 3.Four million. There are about a million Indian expatriates in Kuwait.

“The arrangements proposed by the Indian side are limited to departure only and do not include their return to Kuwait,” an official was quoted as saying within the report.

Earlier within the week, Kuwait suspended flights from 31 “high-risk” international locations. The listing included India, Pakistan, Egypt, and the Philippines—all of whom have sizeable communities in Kuwait, the Gulf News reported.

The coronavirus has up to now claimed 469 lives with 70,045 confirmed infections in Kuwait, in keeping with Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre. PTI

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