Kuwait lifts 6 year visa ban on Pakistan, four muslim countries stay on list


Kuwait announced the lifting of a visa ban on families of Pakistani nationals working in the desert kingdom. The ban had been in place since 2011 along with similar bans on nationals of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Syria.

The Daily Pakistan Global reported:

It is being reported that the decision was made during a meeting between PM Nawaz Sharif, who is in Kuwait on an official visit, and Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the Amiri Diwan in Kuwait City.

According to the Gulf News, Kuwait banned nationals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan from entering the country in 2011. The ban includes suspending all tourism, visit and trade visas as well as visas sponsored by spouses, immigration.

The visa ban was imposed due to the “difficult security conditions in the five countries” and to “the remarkably increasing tendency of nationals from the five countries to apply for visas to bring in relatives who faced or could face arrest by the local authorities to Kuwait.”

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Reported On

March 7, 2017

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