A total of 1,981 Egyptians expatriates stranded in Kuwait have been repatriated on 11 flights, Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Sunday.
On Sunday, five flights arrived to Cairo, one to Alexandria, three to Sohag, and two flights to Assiut. The flights were operated by a range of airlines, including Air Arabia Egypt, Air Cairo, Jazeera Airways, and Kuwait Airways.
On Saturday, the Directorate announced that 3,153 other Egyptians stranded in Kuwait were repatriated to Cairo, Assiut, Sohag, and Alexandria on 20 flights. On Friday, more 2,691 Egyptians were also repatriated from Kuwait.
Last week, Egypt’s Ministry of Manpower and Immigration said that a total of 22 flights carrying 4,237 Egyptian workers stranded in Kuwait arrived in Cairo.
Egypt began repatriating its nationals stranded in Kuwait in May, after hundreds of Egyptians urged the government to help them return home after international flights were suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of 6 June, Egyptian nationals arriving back in the country are no longer obliged to undergo a 14-day quarantine at hotels or university dormitories that were put aside as isolation centres. Instead, they must sign a consent form to undertake the 14-day isolation at home.
In April, Egypt began a large-scale repatriation exercise to bring its citizens home, pledging to repatriate all Egyptians stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic.