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Temporary visa ban by Kuwait disrupts vacation plans of families

With Kuwait having stopped issuance of visas to nationals from Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Syria, several families have been facing difficulties.

A teacher from Pakistan, who resides in Kuwait, had spoken to the media about the difficulty faced by him, as he was unable to spend the summer with his family. The sole reason for denial of visa to his family, is the newly introduced visa ban by Kuwait on certain nationalities, owing to difficult security conditions in these nations.

The authorities have said that the ban will be strictly implemented, and no visa application will be considered from these five nations.

However, this rule has disrupted vacation plans of several expat families. The new decision has not been well-received by these communities in Kuwait.

Similarly, an event, scheduled to be inaugurated by a popular TV anchor from Pakistan, for a quiz show in Pakistani television channel, had to be indefinitely postponed, as he was refused visa, despite the organizers having sought approval from the State Security Department.

As of now, all these communities are awaiting that this temporary ban be lifted at the earliest.

The Ambassador of Pakistan to Kuwait, speaking about the current ban mentioned that it will only be temporary, and so there is no reason to be alarmed. The ban includes suspension of all tourist, visit and trade visas and visas sponsored by spouses. However, the immigration authorities have assured to the nationals of these countries that all visa renewals for their nationals, who are already residents of Kuwait, will not be affected.

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