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Kuwait ends ten-year suspension of visas for Pakistani nationals

31 May 2021

Kuwait has announced resumption of visas including family and business categories for Pakistani nationals, ending a decade of suspension.

The decision was taken following a meeting between Pakistani Interior Minister, Sheikh Rashid and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah.

Kuwait banned work visas for Pakistan in 2011 and despite attempts by previous governments, the restrictions continued to be in place.

During March 2017, the Kuwaiti government also announced lifting of the ban by Kuwait during the visit of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Kuwait. However, the decision was not implemented.

The ban on Kuwaiti visa had brought in enormous problems to Pakistani families and the business communities there, the interior minister pointed out, and said that Pakistani labour too played a vital role in early development of Kuwait.

Restoration of work visa will now create fresh employment opportunities for Pakistanis and will boost trade ties between the two nations, he said.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.