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29,000 barred from leaving Kuwait due to debts

13,000 of those with travel bans have debts between KD100 and KD2,000.

29,000 barred from leaving Kuwait due to debts
IN THE RED: According to officials the total owed by those Kuwaiti residents banned for travel stands at KD256m. (PICTURE FOR ILLUSTRATION ONLY)

More than 29,000 Kuwaiti citizens are currently barred from leaving the country due to outstanding debts, according to a report in the Al Qabas daily.

The paper quoted a senior official at the Ministry of Justice as saying that 13,000 of the citizens have debts ranging between KD100 ($347) and KD2,000.

Ali Al-Dhubaibi, head of the ministry’s implementation department, told the newspaper that the total owed by those banned for travel stands at KD256m ($889m).

This includes arrears on alimony payments, outstanding bills for state services and loans that were defaulted on.

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Mumeen Chowdhury 9 years ago

This is most unfortunate in muslim countries that these have most unislamic legislations. Not only travel bans, but the police then hound on the debtors putting them behind bars! If someone is unable to pay, then how will jailing him help? I wish the countries' rulers would pay attention to this particular problem in GCC and strike off travel bans and police custody for inability to pay.


I have never seen any Kuwaiti barred from leaving for any reason and I travel a lot. No way with the WASTA here. Travel bans don't exaclty apply to those 29,000 people. Now expats are a different lot and I worry every time I go to the airport; not for unpaid debts but just being able to leave.

Ex-Expat 9 years ago

Well, its like with little children: You don't listen and mess up? Then you don't leave the house and stay in your room. Then Nanny-State got to teach them, otherwise they will never learn.

Telco guy 9 years ago

@American In Kuwait. I understand you 100%, and i have no debts nor checks outstanding.