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Kuwait school holidays extended till 26 March

School holidays extended till 26 March


The Kuwait cabinet has extended the school holidays for an additional two weeks till 26 March as part of the precautionary measures to tackle the coronavirus, according to Al Rai daily.

The decision includes all schools, universities, government and private colleges, military colleges, and other Kuwait institutions. In a press conference, government spokesman also announced the closure of all cinemas, theaters, hotels, and wedding parties, until further notice.

The Department of Private Education (DPE) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) has already published a circular that allows for alternate teaching methods while keeping the safety of students and teachers in mind.

According to guidelines issued by the DPE, private foreign and bilingual schools in the country can continue their syllabus through their e-learning platforms.

Last month, Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Saud Al-Harbi  declared that examinations would be held immediately after Eid Al-Fitr, and indicated that there would be changes for the second semester date as well as the start of the next academic year. 



Sabah Al-Ahmad house fire in which 8 children dead--house maid arrested



Following up on the Sabah Al-Ahmad house fire that killed eight Kuwaiti children on Saturday, criminal investigators yesterday arrested a housemaid who had escaped from the scene and is suspected to be involved in arson. However, the maid said she had fled due to fear of the flames and what happened to the children.Eyewitnesses had reported seeing two Ethiopian housemaids fleeing the scene, leaving the children to fend for themselves. -K.T.


Saudi bans entry to the Kingdom for arrivals from UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain



An official source at the Ministry of Interior stated that, in accordance with the preventive and precautionary measures recommended by the competent health authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as part of its continuous development of efforts to prevent transmission, infection and eradication of the new corona virus (covid 19). And out of concern to protect the health of citizens and residents and ensure their safety, the Kingdom’s government has decided the following:

First: Temporary entry to the Kingdom for arrivals from the United Arab Emirates, the State of Kuwait, and the Kingdom of Bahrain is restricted to the air ports in the following airports: King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, and King Fahd International Airport in Dammam. Passage shall be through land ports between the Kingdom and these countries for commercial trucks only. Provided that the Ministry of Health takes all necessary precautions at the aforementioned airports, as well as vis-à-vis the drivers and escorts of those trucks in the land ports, where these measures start immediately.

With regard to the entry of Saudi citizens and residents in the Kingdom from the three countries, this procedure will enter into force at 11:55 pm on Saturday 12 Rajab 1441 AH corresponding to March 7, 2020 AD.

Second: All who wish to come to the Kingdom according to a new visa or a valid visa, from any country where the risk of the spread of the new Corona virus (covid 19) - according to the list approved by the competent health authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - must submit a laboratory certificate PCR Proven free of infection with the new corona virus. This applies to those who resided in those countries during the (14) days prior to entering the Kingdom.

The air carrier must ensure that the laboratory certificate is sound, and that it is recent and issued within the twenty-four hours prior to the passenger boarding.

Third: The embassies of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in the countries referred to in Clause (Second) identify specific laboratories accredited by the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The responsible source in the Ministry of Interior excluded from the previous procedures, humanitarian and social cases, according to what the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health deemed appropriate.




Salary payments will continue as usual to all employees who are under compulsory quarantine--CSC



The Civil Service Commission (CSC) yesterday directed all government agencies to bar employees placed under any form of quarantine from resuming work. CSC said in a statement posted on Twitter that the ban is applicable on Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti employees, noting that the decision is in compliance with the mandatory quarantine declared by the health ministry. Salary payments will continue as usual to all Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti employees under all kinds of compulsory quarantine, and their absence from work will not affect their employment status, it added.-K.T.


Compulsory home quarantine for a period of two weeks who have arrived from 7 countries



The health ministry announced that all persons who have arrived in Kuwait from Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Syria must follow preventive health procedures and guidelines, and are obliged to implement compulsory home quarantine for a period of two weeks from the date of departure. The Cabinet earlier banned flights from these countries for a period of one week due to the spread of COVID-19.

In an explanatory statement related to circular number 27 on the temporary suspension of flights from the abovementioned countries, the civil aviation authority said the suspension will end at midnight on March 13, 2020, adding that only Kuwaiti citizens and their first-degree relatives (parents, husbands, wives and children regardless of nationality) will be exempted from the entry ban provided they prove their relationship and undergo the standard medical procedures to be followed.

The civil aviation authority added that domestic helpers will be allowed in only if they arrive with their sponsors on the same flights. In addition, the statement noted that citizens of the abovementioned countries will only be allowed into Kuwait if they spend 14 days in a non-infected third country. It added that passengers wishing to travel to any of the seven countries can do so via third country airports.-K.T.


Corona detectors to examine arrivals will arrive within days



The cabinet’s decision to suspend flights to and from Egypt and 6 other countries, which stipulated that the suspension lasts for one week, may extend to one or two months and may be limited to one week depending on the completion of the preparations required to check arrivals .Informed sources confirmed that the modern devices contracted by the Ministry of Health to examine arrivals will arrive in the country within days and through it it will detect cases carrying the virus within 10 minutes.In response to a question about the adoption of compensation for companies that may be subject to loss as a result of these circumstances, the sources answered: that so far, there is no decision to approve compensation.


Eight children died in horrific house fire in Sabah Al-Ahmad area



Eight children died of suffocation after a fire gutted a house in Sabah Al-Ahmad. Firemen rushed to the scene after receiving an emergency call at 5:05 pm and rescued the children – aged between 14 years and eight months – from inside the house.They were all in very critical condition, and later died in hospital, the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate said in a statement. An investigation has been opened into the incident.-K.T.


Kuwait stops Flights To and From 7 Countries including India

Kuwait stops Flights To and From 7 Countries including India

The Kuwaiti government decided to tighten controls on flights to and from countries hit by novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks.

During its emergency meeting, held at Al-Saif Palace on Friday night under the chairmanship of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the cabinet reviewed the measures adopted to stem the spread of COVID-19 and protect the safety of public health.

In the light of the cabinet decree, adopted on Thursday, March 5, regarding the safety of foreign communities in Kuwait from the virus, they decided to suspend for one week all flights to and from Bangladesh, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.

The circular from DGCA stated that all expats arriving and departing Kuwait from Egypt, Philippines, Syria, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India who were present in these countries above 2 weeks are prohibited to enter.


All arrivals in Kuwait from any other nationality or via airports other than those of the above- mentioned countries will be denied entry if they travelled to these countries in the last couple of weeks even if they have valid residency or visas.

Only Kuwaiti nationals living in those countries will be allowed in after undergoing the necessary quarantine measures, according to tonight’s decree.

The cabinet stressed that the new measures are meant to protect the safety of the health of the citizens and expatriate residents in Kuwait, asking everybody to understand the urgency of these measures.


Pravasi Legal Cell Kuwait Chapter received reply from MEA India, regard to the circular of DGCA ,State of Kuwait in connection with COVID-19

Pravasi Legal Cell Kuwait Chapter received reply from MEA India, regard to the circular of DGCA ,State of Kuwait in connection with COVID-19

Dr.T.V Nagendra Prasad, the Joint Secretary in charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Gulf) India , replied with regard to the circular of DGCA of State of Kuwait in connection with COVID-19, the matter was taken up with the Kuwait Embassy in India and particularly with focus on those Indian citizens resident in Kuwait who are on vacation in India and the problems/ difficulties associated with requisite test as mandated by the circular.

Dr.Nagendra Prasad stated, Kuwaiti Ambassador in Delhi has confirmed that he has taken up this issue with the concerned authorities PLC Kuwait Chapter President Mr.Babu Francis submitted an appeal by requesting urgent intervention from the Ministry of External Affairs India through PLC Delhi Office yesterday. MEA India reply was based on appeal to Dr. S Jayashankar, Minister of External Affairs ,Shri V. Muralidharan- Minister of State for External Affairs and Secretary of External Affairs India

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Council of ministers scrapped decision requiring expats to bring corona free medical certificate



The council of ministers scrapped a decision requiring expats returning from 10 countries to undergo tests showing they are free of coronavirus, saying it was not possible to carry out the tests in some countries.The decision was issued a few days ago by the civil aviation authority and supported by the health ministry and covered countries like India, Egypt, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria, Lebanon and several others. At an emergency meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, the council barred all government departments from taking any decision regarding coronavirus without consulting with a ministerial committee set up to oversee such measures, according to the cabinet statement.

The council however asked authorities fighting the spread of the deadly disease to come up urgently with “practical alternatives” to guarantee that people arriving in the country are free of coronavirus, the statement said. The government decision came apparently following protests from several countries that it was difficult to apply the decision.-K.T.


Over cautious citizen burned maid's salary for fear of corona virus



In an incident in which the wit mixed with the extreme concern, or even exaggeration, of hedging infection with the emerging coronavirus (Covid 19), a female citizen in the Al Farwaniyah region took a step that resulted in the burning of her maid's salary. The source said that Mwatana gave her daughter the salary of her maid to hand it to her, and as a result of her fear of the virus, she sprayed a sterilizer on the amount and then put it in the "microwave" device to dry, but the metal tape in the amount was affected by the waves of the device, which led to its burning.


Hotels occupancy rates drop to 10% ,travel and tourism sector face major crisis



A number of tourism and travel officials revealed that the sector is suffering from a major crisis in the current period due to the spread of the Corona virus, as sales and travel market rates to and from Kuwait decreased by 80%, while airlines incurred millions of losses after stopping a large number of destinations Most travelers canceled their trips for fear of illness, and a number of these companies stopped many employees from working as a result of this crisis and gave them leave without pay. Hotel officials said that the sector is experiencing its worst periods these days, after the occupancy rate in some of them reached only about 10% as a maximum, in addition to canceling most of the conferences and celebrations held, which resulted in unprecedented huge losses.


MoI warns rumor mongers who spreads false information on various social media channels



The Ministry of Interior warned that strict action will be taken against anyone spreading rumors, disturbs the tranquility and security of the country in general by publishing false information or inciting a certain group of citizens or residents against another on various social media channels. The security authorities are closely monitoring ‘everything’ and is keeping an eye on the social media. Various audio messages and false information are being circulated in the WhatsApp regarding the spread of corona virus. Ministry of Interior spares no efforts to combat rumor mongers


Behavior and attitude of people saw a noticeable change overnight after the outbreak of coronavirus



The behavior and attitude of people and the way they are communicating and relating with others saw a noticeable change overnight after the outbreak of coronavirus in Kuwait. In buses, people are wearing masks and talking about the virus. Some won’t even talk to you or answer back when you talk to them without a mask.The driver refuses to talk to passengers unless they have mask.

At the Holy Family Cathedral, the main gate was closed, but there was an announcement at the gate that masses and other activities will resume after March 14. The adoration chapel is open and people are advised to worship in silence. But two people are allowed at a time to enter the room to pray.Some workplaces and offices in Kuwait have provided sanitizers and masks at the entrance to oblige their employees to sanitize before entering. In malls, signs at every entrance inform and remind the public about the disease and how to prevent this virus from spreading.-K.T.



PACI no longer receives visitors



The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) no longer receives visitors and is said to have transferred all transactions to the automated system.or e-envelops. One of the reasons for opting for the use of electronic envelope is to prevent infection to and from visitors to the facility or to and from the employees, given the fact thousands of people visit PACI on a daily basis.


MoH prevents all cafes from circulating hookah, called for personal health protection in salons, sports and social health clubs



The Ministry of Health has called for the necessity of adhering to the means of personal health protection in hairdressing salons, sports and social health clubs and cafes.The ministry confirmed, in a statement to "KUNA", its keenness to combat and prevent the spread of the new corona virus (Covid 19) in society in light of the global health situation.She stressed that workers in men's and women's hairdressing salons and health, sports and social clubs provide a healthy environment by using personal protection methods such as gloves, disinfectants and sterilizers. She also pointed to the need for caution to prevent all cafes from circulating hookah (shisha) at the present time until the assessment of the health situation in the country.-KUNA


Passengers from 10 nations including India need health clearance to enter Kuwait from March 8



The civil aviation authority in Kuwait has asked passengers returning to Kuwait from 10 populous nations to produce health certificates showing they are free of the deadly coronavirus, otherwise they will be denied entry. The action will be implemented from March 8. In a statement posted on its Twitter account, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said passengers arriving from India, Egypt, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Syria and Lebanon, in addition to Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia must undergo tests for the coronavirus and produce certificates showing negative results before boarding planes to Kuwait.

The first seven countries, especially India and Egypt, have an estimated 2.5 million people, or almost three quarters of all expatriates, living and working in Kuwait. Authorities have already banned the entry of expats who recently visited several countries infected with the coronavirus, including Iran, Iraq, China, South Korea and others.

The civil aviation circular said passengers from the 10 abovementioned countries must carry out COVID-19 tests at medical centers approved by Kuwaiti embassies in those countries, which must be attested. In countries where there are no Kuwaiti missions, the tests must be attested by the health authorities in that country. The statement said passengers who do not produce the certificate will be barred from entering Kuwait and will be sent back on the same carrier, which will be fined. It said that Kuwaiti citizens arriving from these countries will undergo the necessary tests at Kuwait airport.-K.T.


Circular No(25), Instructions to the passengers

Circular No(25), Instructions to the passengers


Indians in Kuwait

NRIs, check the number of days you spend in India to determine your tax implications



In Budget 2020, the residency rules that determine how a person's income is taxed, were changed.

Experts say that it has become very crucial for a person who spends a limited amount of time in India to keep track of how many days he has been residing in the country.If he fails to do so, and does not comply with the tax-filing provisions, he could fall foul of the income tax authorities.Residency rules determine how a person is taxed.And residency depends on the number of days that a person is physically present in India.

Those who are non-residents, and those who are resident-not-ordinarily-resident (RNOR) are liable for taxation only on their India-sourced income (or income that arises in India).On the other hand, once a person becomes resident-ordinarily-resident (ROR), he becomes liable for taxation on his global income as well.

A person is considered to be a resident of India if he stays in the country for 182 days or more, or if he stays in India for 60 days in one year and cumulatively for 365 days in the past four years.If a person fulfils either of these two conditions, he is considered a resident of India.And if he does not fulfil both these conditions, he is considered a non-resident.

In the case of Indian citizens who leave India for the purpose of employment, only the 182-day condition applies.They are not tested on the 60-cum-365-day criterion.The same holds true for Indian citizens and persons of Indian origin settled outside India when they visit the country.They, too, are tested only on the 182-day condition.

The Budget changed the rules for Indian citizens and persons of Indian origin visiting India.Instead of 182 days, the number of days has been reduced to 120.You will be treated as a resident of India for tax purposes if you stay in the country for more than 120 days in a financial year and 365 days in the past four years.One consequence of the change will be that people of Indian origin who reside outside India will be able to spend a smaller number of days in the country if they wish to keep their non-resident status intact.

Experts say the change was made because the government felt that people were misusing the 182-day provision to manage their residency.In last year's income-tax forms, the tax authorities had introduced a column.Persons of Indian origin, who are non-resident, have to mention their number of days in India.The immigration department also captures this information.

Based on the above mentioned two conditions, a person could be deemed a resident of India.He is deemed to be RNOR if he fulfils either of two criteria: During the past seven financial years, he should have stayed in India for less than 730 days, or he should have been a non-resident in nine out of the past 10 years.Now, the 730-day criterion has been removed altogether.

A person will now become RNOR if he has been non-resident in India in seven out of the past 10 years.This change will have an impact on expatriates who come to work in India.Earlier, they used to become resident ordinarily resident (ROR) in the third or fourth year.Now they will become ROR only in the fifth year, which means that they will get an extra year before their global income is taxed in India.

For the first time, the Indian government has introduced the concept of deemed residency.

If a person is not liable to pay tax in any overseas jurisdiction by virtue of his domicile or residence, then he will be considered a deemed resident of India.Suppose that a person goes to work in the UAE.He has stayed in India for less than 182 days that year.He becomes a non-resident in India and a resident in UAE.But UAE does not levy personal income tax on residents.By virtue of the deeming provision, such a person will be considered a resident of India.A large number of families from India go to work in UAE.They would have become liable to pay tax in India on their global income.After there was a hue and cry, the government issued the clarification that it does not intend to tax such people on their overseas income.The details of how the new deeming provision will work have not yet been provided.



LuLu Group Indian retail tycoon receives Saudi Green Card



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Abu Dhabi-based Indian retail tycoon M A Yusuff Ali has become the first Indian to receive Saudi Arabia's premium residency, his office said in a statement on Monday.Yusuff Ali, 64, is the chairman of the LuLu Group, who was ranked the richest expat in the UAE by the Forbes magazine last year.The permit, informally known as Saudi Green Card, grants expatriates the right to live, work and own business and property in the Kingdom without need for a sponsor, the LULU group said in a statement.

The introduction of the Premium Residency comes as a part of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 reform plan, which was announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to boost the Saudi economy, the statement said.This initiative is targeting key investors and prominent personalities from various fields, including sports, arts & culture, who have played a defining role in the nation building process.


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