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21 Aug 2020 | 02:52 AM UTC

Kuwait: Authorities to cancel COVID-19 curfew from August 30 /update 27

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Authorities to cancel COVID-19 curfew in all regions from August 30; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/14/2020, 5:00 PM until 9/14/2020, 5:00 PM (Asia/Kuwait). COUNTRY/REGION Kuwait

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Kuwait's cabinet announced on Thursday, August 20, that the current 21:00 - 03:00 (local time) curfew in place due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be canceled from Sunday, August 30. Some activities will continue to remain prohibited, including restrictions on weddings, gatherings, and funerals.

From Tuesday, August 18, Kuwaiti authorities implemented the next phase of the country's plan to return to normality. Under the fourth stage, restaurants and cafes have been permitted to reopen with social distancing measures in place, public transport can resume with social distancing rules in force, and both government and private sectors can operate with 50 percent capacity of their workforce. Football matches can also resume, without the presence of spectators. A number of other activities originally scheduled to come in under phase five of the plan are also being included in this next phase due to the stabilization in the COVID-19 infection rates. These include the reopening of sports clubs, gyms, barbershops, beauty salons, health resorts, and tailors.

Arriving passengers into Kuwait are subject to a 14-day quarantine period and need to provide travel insurance covering the treatment of COVID-19. Departing passengers must ensure they meet the travel requirements for their destination. Face masks remain mandatory in public places.

As of August 20, health authorities have confirmed a total of 78,767 COVID-19 cases with 509 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized. 


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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