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Wives of GCC citizens allowed into Kuwait, say authorities

Kuwait blacklisted citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan last year

Wives of GCC citizens allowed into Kuwait, say authorities
Kuwait sought to clarify the law after receiving a number of complaints from women (Getty Images)

Rules
banning the entry of certain nationalities into Kuwait do not apply to the
wives of GCC citizens, a top immigration official has said.

Authorities
sought to clarify the law after receiving a number of complaints from women who
have been barred from entering Kuwait along with their husbands, the Kuwait
Times reported.

Director of
the immigration authority, Kamel Al-Awadhi, told border administrators that all
sea, land and air border access points must allow wives of GCC residents entry
into the country, as per decisions made by interior ministers.

In May last
year, Kuwait blacklisted nationals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and
Afghanistan, stopping them from coming into the Gulf state over fears that
political unrest in those nations could pose a risk to Kuwait’s security.

The rules
included trade, tourism and visit visas as well as visas sponsored by spouses,
officials quoted by Kuwait media said at the time.

Immigration
sources attributed the move to the “difficult security conditions in the five
countries” and the increased risk of nationals bringing over relatives to
escape arrest at home.