195 Egyptian expats stuck in Kuwait arrive in Cairo on exceptional flight

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Tue, 12 May 2020 - 02:05 GMT

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CAIRO – 12 May 2020: An exceptional flight operated by Kuwait Airways and carrying 195 Egyptians whose residency expired in the Gulf country landed in Cairo International Airport on Tuesday.

The passengers will be screened before their transportation to university dorms where they will be quarantined for 14 days.

On May 5, Egypt launched an air bridge to bring back 5,300 expats in Kuwait who have been staying there illegally after the expiry of their residence. Those are being quarantined in university dorms free of charge.

On May 6 and May 10, 450 and 490 returned, respectively. On each of those days, three flights were operated.

Aviation suspension in Egypt began on March 19, except for domestic and cargo flights. Also, tourists who had arrived before the date were allowed to complete their program, and leave on dates scheduled beforehand.

A number of tourists requested to remain in Egypt as COVID-19 outbreak took its toll on their countries. Hence, Egyptian authorities approved as long as they go through coronavirus tests instructing the travel agencies to ensure the visitors' visas duration is extended by the Ministry of Interior, and informing their respective countries of their desire.

On April 21, the Ministry of Civil Aviation resumed exceptional flights to bring home stranded Egyptians starting with Lebanon.

An exceptional flight carrying 233 stranded Egyptians from UK's Heathrow Airport landed in Marsa Alam on May 10. The passengers are being quarantined in one of the hotels for 14 days after the sterilization of their luggage.

On May 5, the fourth exceptional flight operated from Washington since international aviation was suspended on March 19 arrived bringing home 327 citizens.

On May 8, 190 stranded Egyptians in Chad, Ghana, and South Africa were brought home while 166 others returned from Oman.

On May 1, 288 stranded citizens were brought home from Ethiopia, Oman, Kenya, and Maldives.

On April 28, 148 stranded Egyptians returned from Indonesia and Oman.

On April 27, 141 nationals stuck in Frankfurt were brought home.

On April 26, 234 Egyptians stuck in Thailand and Malaysia returned.

On April 24, a flight carrying 70 Egyptians from Serbia and Greece arrived.

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