We noticed you're blocking ads.

Keep supporting great journalism by turning off your ad blocker.

Questions about why you are seeing this? Contact us

Font Size

- Aa +

Wed 14 Sep 2016 01:51 PM

Font Size

- Aa +

Kuwaiti MP calls for introduction of exit fees at airport

Official also suggested reducing expat communities with “high crime and law-breaking rates”

Kuwaiti MP calls for introduction of exit fees at airport
(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Expats leaving Kuwait International Airport must pay fees, according to MP Abdurrahman Al-Jeeran.

Furthermore, the official suggested balancing the number of different expat populations in Kuwait and reducing the ones with “high crime and law-breaking rates,” reported Kuwait Times.

Al-Jeeran also said the government has the right to review expats’ bank accounts if it “serves the state’s highest interests.” He said this could be possible through the introduction of the ‘free access law’ which allows the government to inspect expats’ bank accounts.

He claimed the law is being followed in European countries.

Moreover, Al-Jeeran suggested the increase of fees for visa renewal, health insurance, and driver’s licenses in line with Kuwait’s large expat population.

Last week, the MP proposed “sorting” Kuwait’s demographic imbalance by reviewing expats’ income levels and professional positions. Expats would then undergo training courses following which “Whoever passes stays and is required to pay fees, and whoever fails for two times is deported,” according to Al-Jeeran.

Arabian Business: why we're going behind a paywall

Kevin 3 years ago

Sorting the demographic imbalance by charging fees is not only racist but unfair.
Why does this government not simplify how it operates by charging everyone the same. If the Kuwaiti citizens had to pay in other countries there would be an outcry
Animal Farm politics strike again all people are equal but Kuwaitis are more equal than others
Expats get out now while you can afford to