In the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak, the State of Kuwait has announced on March 3 that only those Bangladeshis with the complete medical examination certificate of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) confirming that they are free from coronavirus will be allowed entry to the country from March 8 until further notice.
The Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait circulated a notice in this regard on March 4 to let the Bangladeshi expatriates living in Kuwait or Bangladeshi travellers planning to visit the country be aware of the formalities. The test certificate has to be issued by health centres approved by the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Bangladesh.
Among these medical centres, 26 of them are located in Dhaka: Al-Falah Medi-com Clinic, Al-Ghofily Medical Centre, Al-Humayra Health Center, Al-Medina Medical Services, Al-Riyadh Medical Checkup, Arabian Medical Centre, Chandshi Medical Centre, Fairways Medical Centre, Green Crescent Health Services, Gulf Medical Centre, Gulshan Medicare, Health Care Centre, Ibn Sina Medical Checkup Unit, IIRO Medical Checkup and Diagnostic Centre, International Health Centre, Life Diagnostic Centre, Medinova Medical Services Ltd, Muscat Medical Centre, Nafa Medical Centre, Pulse Medical Centre, Pushpa Clinic, Saimon Medical Centre and Saudi Bangladesh Services Company.
On the other hand, 12 such medical centres are located in Chattogram: Apex Diagnostic Service, Checkup Diagnostic Centre, AKS Khan Diagnostic Ltd, Ali Shah Diagnostic and Specialist Doctors Consultation Centre, Alpha Medical Centre, Ferdous Medical Centre, Greem Crescent Medical Diagnostics, Human Diagnostic and Medical Checkup Centre, Medical Point Diagnostic Centre, Medicare Medical Centre, Sunway Medical Centre, The Urbane Clinical Services and Turkey Medical Services.
However, in the event of not carrying PCR certificate, the passenger will be prevented from entering the State of Kuwait and will be deported back on the same carrier without any financial costs incurred by the State but the airline will be fined for violating the circular, the notice said.
Also, the citizens of Kuwait are exempt from this but the procedures in force at Kuwait International Airport by the health authority are applied to them.
Besides Bangladesh, passengers from Philippines, India, Egypt, Syria, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Georgia and Lebanon are also obliged to follow this formality hence carry the PCR certificate from the health centres approved by Kuwait Embassy in the respective countries.
In the absence of a Kuwaiti Embassy in the aforementioned countries, it will be approved by the Certified Health Authority of the country.