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pcr: Gulf expats relieved as countries ease travel regulations | Mangaluru News

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Mangaluru: Expats working in the Gulf are relieved that most countries in this region have started relaxing travel rules such as a mandatory RT-PCR test or an institutional quarantine.
“It feels like we’re almost back to pre-pandemic travel days. However, we want regular flights to start,” said an expat.
A few days ago, the United Arab Emirates removed the Rapid RT-PCR test from one of its entry rules. Currently, a negative RT-PCR report is required before departure.
“Many people who wanted to visit the UAE for leisure avoided traveling due to the Rapid RT-PCR test rule. The United Arab Emirates is the favorite travel destination for Indians. There will be growth with the discontinuation of Rapid RT-PCR,” an airline executive said.
Similar changes in travel rules have occurred in other Gulf countries. In Bahrain, from February 20, all arriving passengers do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Additionally, the precautionary quarantine for all travelers to Bahrain has been canceled. “Traveling to Bahrain is almost normal after a two-year hiatus,” said expatriate Christopher Lobo.
To travel to Qatar, a negative RT-PCR test report is mandatory. Currently, a two-day quarantine, compared to a one-week hotel quarantine for vaccinated travellers, is required. After two days, the RT-PCR test will be performed.
Those who are not vaccinated will undergo a week of hotel quarantine, according to Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health.
No mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Kuwait
Kuwait has lifted several travel restrictions for travellers. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said fully vaccinated travelers do not need to undergo quarantine upon arrival. All passengers (except those with a visa on arrival in Kuwait) can enter the country.
Under the new travel guidelines, those who are fully vaccinated and have taken a booster dose are no longer required to take an RT-PCR test before departure or upon arrival in Kuwait. There is also no quarantine upon arrival. Only unvaccinated travelers or those who have not completed the full dose should carry a negative report that is less than 72 hours old. In addition, they must submit to home quarantine for a week. “After the pandemic until now, traveling was not smooth but it got easier,” said Mohandas M Kamath, the expat working in Kuwait said.
In Saudi Arabia, five days of quarantine are mandatory for those entering the country for the first time. However, for other expatriates, only RT-PCR test is required for departure from India.

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