Thursday, August 26, 2021

NRIs relieved as Kuwait plans to resume direct flights

Mangaluru: The Kuwait government’s announcement on resuming direct flights from India has brought a sense of relief among Indian expatriates who are stranded here for many months. The direct flights were suspended nearly 18 months back. No official dates have been finalised for the resumption of flights. Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) circular number 32, dated on Tuesday, stated resuming operations of commercial flights with India, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal, with the adherence to protocols. Kuwait is likely to resume direct flights from India, starting in a phased manner.

Nelson Sandesh, who works in the food and beverage sector in Kuwait, had returned in February last year. A relieved Neslon said: “The company I work for is repeatedly calling me to return. I have my vaccine certificate approved by Kuwait, and was anxiously waiting for the flights to start.’’ There are many like him stranded here, and some of them have even lost their jobs.

DGCA’s circular number 33 stated that those who receive two doses of the vaccines approved by Kuwait, like Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca/Oxford and Moderna, and a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, are allowed to enter Kuwait. Those who have received two doses of unapproved vaccines in Kuwait like Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik, must have received at least one additional dose of one of the approved vaccines in Kuwait.

26/08/21 Kevin Mendonsa/Times of India

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