Kuwaiti government bans unvaccinated citizens from traveling outside country

Kuwaiti government bans unvaccinated citizens from traveling outside country
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The Kuwaiti government announced on Tuesday that only vaccinated citizens will be permitted to travel outside the country beginning on Aug. 1.

Children who are younger than 16 years old, individuals with a certificate from the health ministry saying they cannot be inoculated and pregnant women who have a certificate from authorities that proves they are carrying a child are the only groups of people exempt from the new regulations, Reuters reported.

The civil aviation authority also announced on Tuesday that all individuals who arrive in Kuwait must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test and be symptom free before boarding flights, Reuters reported.

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If the arrivals do not provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test in Kuwait, they will reportedly have to complete a seven-day home quarantine.

The new restrictions come one day after the Kuwaiti government scaled back some COVID-19 restrictions and restarted all activities except for gatherings such as conferences, weddings and social events, according to the wire service.

Infections, however, are beginning to creep up throughout the world, driven largely by the highly infectious delta variant.

In Kuwait, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), new daily cases steadily increased last month before decreasing in June.

Kuwait has seen more than 393,000 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, according to the WHO. More than 2,200 people in the country have died.

The country has administered more than 1.12 million vaccines.

The United States is seeing an increase in cases, mainly among populations of the country that are not yet vaccinated.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Republican lawmakers warn against more military coordination with Russia Uyghur Tribunal is a litmus test of the human rights establishment MORE is set to travel to Kuwait on Wednesday, where he is scheduled to meet with senior Kuwaiti officials to “continue discussions of key bilateral issues that underscore the importance of our 60 years of diplomatic ties,” the State Department Spokesperson Ned Price announced last week.