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Health insurance for expats on visit visas in Kuwait

Officials say medical treatments for foreigners could hinder those of nationals

Health insurance for expats on visit visas in Kuwait

The Kuwaiti parliament’s health committee is working on measures to impose health insurance on expats entering the country on visit visas.

Officials said some expats visit Kuwait solely for the purpose of undergoing medical check-ups and procedures and in turn cause nationals to wait longer to receive their treatments, reported Kuwait Times.

The decision is one in a series of new expat-related restrictions in Kuwait.

Such restrictions include measures by MPs to substitute expat advisors in parliament with Kuwaiti or GCC nationals on the grounds of increased ‘misunderstandings’ between them and lawmakers.

In the first nine months of 2016, Kuwait deported 20,000 expats and vowed to crack down on an estimated 115,000 for violating labour and residency laws.

This week, it was named the worst country in the world for expats to live and work following a global survey by InterNations.

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James 4 years ago

Yet again this is not true you cannot get health treatment in Kuwait without insurance unless you use government hospitals" why would you come to Kuwait pay a flight etc to use a hospital that in general are well below the standards elsewhere.
Just another reason to charge expats and their families who often stay on visit visas more for their health when in fast they have private cover so every visit visa has insurance now.
I wonder how they would feel when they abuse the British NHS and get charged.

Local 4 years ago

Well done to Kuwait.
if Schengen can demand health insurance from tourists, and all countries demand illegal residents and overstayers must leave and get banned from future visas, it is about time Kuwait cleans itself up by doing the same.