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Expats seeking new countries as a transit point to reach Kuwait

IIK Staff reporter
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Expats seeking new countries as a transit point to reach Kuwait

As Dubai -Kuwait ticket prices are skyrocketing, expatriates stranded abroad are seeking new countries as transit destination to reach Kuwait.

While the ban for direct entry to Kuwait for expatriates from 34 countries, including India continues, Dubai was the favourite destination for Indians due to the ease of getting visit visa and low cost for hotel accommodations. But as the number of passengers on this route increased, and Kuwait put a daily cap on the number of passengers in this route, the flight tickets if room Dubai o Kuwait rose to an all-time high. A one-way ticket from Dubai to Kuwait cost 700 to 800 Kuwaiti Dinars.

This is forcing the expatriates to seek new destinations as a place of transit for 14 days. Many travellers from India are now taking Turkey as a transit destination. The easy availability of visa for Indians and reasonable cost for ticket rates and 14 days’ accommodation made Turkey a favourite destination for Indians.

Several expatriates from Egypt are also choosing Ethiopia as a transit destination. There are reports that some Indians who got stuck in Dubai after 14 days stay opted Dubai - Ethiopia - Kuwait route to reach Kuwait due to the high price of Dubai - Kuwait direct ticket.

Recently Dubai also tightened their rules for expatriates to enter the country on a visit visa as the number of people choosing Dubai for 14 days stays increases. Last day, around 200 expatriates from India and Pakistan were returned to their home countries from Dubai International Airport for non-compliance with entry requirements for a tourist visa.

According to unofficial statistics, lakhs of Indians who wish to come to Kuwait are stranded in India for the past several months.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020
Present scenario with Covid will continue. May be at least till mid 2021 or September 2021. As number of cases will reduce than after some time second wave happens . This is what is on in Europe . So think my dear decision makers - restricted , limited flights with either way journeys can be done now . You can be more strict only if y have very minimal cases . This is remote possibility so flights should resume slowly with adequate precautions.

Saturday, October 17, 2020
Indian Govt to sort out the issue with Kwt Govt so that people can come and go directly by starting normal operation with covid protocol.
THIS COVID situation will prevail for more months and may years. so stopping people movement is follishness

Mohamed haja
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Can u please send me any agents will help india to kuwait via turkey or any other destinations

Saturday, October 17, 2020
Well someone has to advise the Kuwait govt. that they should use their idle flights and hotel facilities to bring back all nationalities stranded outside Kuwait directly and to quarantine them in Kuwait with prior PCR tests and health insurance. This could at least activate the economic sectors.

jinu simon john
Saturday, October 17, 2020
@Scaria (Varghese?)
People pray when they are in trouble after reaping the fruit of nasty action and behaviour. You also passed several comments against expats being forced to leave on many articles comment section.
Public show of holiness is not going to save you now.

Friday, October 16, 2020
I pray to Almighty to keep every one safe and provide a way to reach Kuwait before the expiry of their residence permits and earn their daily bread and butter .

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Can you pls share any travel agency for travelling to kuwait via turkey quarantine package

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