Prince Charles travel: Prince could face quarantine on return to UK from Kuwait

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Prince Charles, 71, travelled to the Gulf state today to offer his condolences after the death of the country’s ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. The Prince of Wales expressed his sympathies on behalf of The Queen to the new emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah and other members of the family. Charles also met Kuwait’s prime minister, Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah and the Queen’s ambassador to Kuwait, Michael Davenport.

As many are aware, the coronavirus pandemic has meant that travel restrictions are now in place across most of the world.

The UK currently has travel corridors in place with some countries.

Countries not on the travel corridor list are on a “quarantine list” which means anyone returning from them to the UK faces 14 days in isolation.

Prince Charles is not expected to spend long in Kuwait, but he could face quarantine on his return.

Kuwait is not included on the UK’s travel corridor list according to the Foreign, Commonwealth, Departmental and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) at the time of writing.

This means that ordinarily, anyone returning to the UK from Kuwait must self-isolate for 14 days.

However, there are some exceptions to the quarantine rules which include those with certain jobs.

Some jobs qualify people for exemptions from completing the passenger locator form or self-isolating, or both, according to the government website.

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One of the exceptions to the quarantine rules are those on “diplomatic missions” representing the UK.

The government website reads: “Members of diplomatic missions and consular posts in the UK, officers, servants or representatives of international organisations, representatives at an international or UK conference granted privileges and immunities, and their families or dependents.

“This includes representatives of international organisations who are travelling to the UK on official visits, for example to attend negotiations.

“You will not need to complete the passenger locator form.

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“You will not need to self-isolate if it is confirmed that your work is essential to the functioning of the mission, international organisation or conference and that it cannot be undertaken whilst self-isolating.”

Due to the reason behind his visit, it’s likely that the Prince will be exempt from the quarantine rules.

Representatives of a foreign country or territory and representatives of the British overseas territories are also exempt from the quarantine rules.

Charles has visited Kuwait seven times before.

He visited Kuwait with Princess Diana in 1989, to celebrate Kuwait’s 50th anniversary of Independence as the guest of the emir in 2011, and most recently during his tour of the Middle East in 2015.

He also paid his respects in the nation on January 17 2006, when the previous emir died.

Sheikh Sabah was foreign minister for 38 years, establishing Kuwait as a force for peace and stability in the region.

He was also a strong advocate for the close friendship between the UK and Kuwait and between the royal family and the Kuwaiti ruling family.

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