KUWAIT CITY, February 20: The decision by the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday to mandate institutional quarantine for passengers coming to Kuwait sparked protests in both Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti circles as well as in parliament.
They consider it incompatible with Article No. 28 of the Constitution, which says: “A Kuwaiti citizen must not be deported from Kuwait or prevented from returning there.”
Some pointed to the influence of hotels and resorts in making this decision. Informed sources suggested that the Cabinet could amend or correct the DGCA’s decision in light of its violation of the Constitution, suggesting that the institutional quarantine requirement for Kuwaitis returning from abroad should be removed and that they should instead Quarantined for 14 days.
Sources expressed regret over what they termed the “government’s return to improvised and flawed decisions,” stressing that the decision related to the institutional quarantine for citizens was unsuccessful and opened the door to widespread criticism of the Government opened as inadequate legal and constitutional study.
In this context, Minister Sheikh Thamer Al-Ali emphasized the importance of travelers following the instructions and guidelines of the DGCA, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior and following the safety procedures.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Public Affairs and Security Media at the Ministry of Interior, the minister stated that all arriving and departing passengers who wish to return to the country must book a 7-day hotel reservation at their own expense and must complete an additional seven days of quarantine at home and in addition the Bear the costs of PCR tests.
He reiterated that these procedures will apply to travel by air, land and sea. Sheikh Tamer urged citizens and residents to adhere to the instructions of the responsible authorities, stressing: “Arrivals and departures are not allowed to travel without registering in the“ Kuwait Traveler ”(Mosafer) app and to complete the hotel reservation process. ”MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji stressed that Kuwait is a state of institutions and has a constitution and laws.
He insisted that no citizen should be prevented from doing so on the pretext of not having a hotel reservation. MP Fayez Al-Jumhur said: “It is not permissible to deport a Kuwaiti from his own country or to prevent him from returning there. Citizens should not be obliged to bear financial burdens that they cannot bear. ”
By Salem Al-Wawan, Khaled Al-Hajri, Raed Yousef, Abdul Rahman Al-Shammari and Munaif Nayef Al-Seyassah.