KUWAIT: Kuwaitis returning from Frankfurt on Thursday, leave an aircraft that landed at the Kuwait International Airport, before being taken by health ministry workers to a hospital for novel coronavirus checkups. – AFP, KUNA and Kuwait Defense Ministry photos

KUWAIT: A plane, carrying Kuwaiti repatriates, arrived Friday evening to Kuwait from Rome, said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The flight was part of the repatriation plan launched by the government amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, DGCA posted on its official Twitter account. Kuwait’s embassy in Italy had supervised the repatriation of Kuwaitis.

Kuwaiti Ambassador to Italy Sheikh Azzam Al-Sabah said that the process was a success due to the strong cooperation between the Foreign Ministry and the embassy’s staff. Sheikh Azzam Al-Sabah also thanked the Italian authorities for facilitating his nationals’ return to Kuwait.

Also on Friday, another plane carrying Kuwaiti repatriates arrived from London, while two other flights brought back nationals from Spain. On Thursday, three flights landed in Kuwait as part of the repatriation process which began on Wednesday and is set to conclude today.

The three flights carried Kuwaitis from Frankfurt, London and Abu Dhabi, and landed one day after the arrival of three flights from Beirut, Cairo and Bahrain. The repatriation process is carried out within guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and health authorities in Kuwait.

In other news, the Kuwaiti embassy in Bahrain said that a visit to the Kingdom requires prior permission issued by the concerned authorities. In a press statement, the embassy stressed that the issuance of the prior permission to be done by the concerned authorities in Bahrain only and not by them.

The embassy called on citizens to follow the instructions of the official authorities in Bahrain and to abide by their guidelines in order to ensure their safety, urging the citizens to call the following number in case of any emergency or inquiry: 0097332200300. On Wednesday, the Bahraini Gulf Air Company announced that the entry to Bahrain International Airport is limited to Bahraini citizens and residents in the Kingdom. – KUNA