‘No restrictions by Kuwait on issuing visas to Pakistanis’



Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday announced that Kuwait had not imposed any restrictions on issuing visas to its nationals, saying reports in this regard were "baseless and incorrect".

The Kuwaiti Embassy in Islamabad confirmed to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry that a news report in Kuwaiti newspapers which claimed that entry visas and work permit visas for Pakistani nationals had been stopped was baseless and incorrect, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

The Kuwaiti Embassy "further assured that no instructions in this regard have been issued by the government of Kuwait", the statement said.

Sections of the Arabian media had reported that Kuwait had banned nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan from entering the country.

The ban included suspending all tourism, visit and trade visas as well as visas sponsored by spouses, the reports said.

The ban was attributed to the "difficult security conditions in the five countries" and to the "remarkably increasing tendency" of nationals from the five countries to apply for Kuwaiti visas for relatives who faced or could face arrest by local authorities.

PTI