88,000 Kuwaitis and expats face travel ban
KUWAIT: Nearly 88,000 people in Kuwait face a travel ban, in accordance with orders passed by the Ministry of Interior last week. Sources added that that at least 45,000 of them are citizens.
The Ministry of Interior issues travel bans on individuals against whom court rulings have been passed. Sources said that failure to pay dues is the most common reason why travel bans are imposed in Kuwait.
Local regulations do not set a cap for those in debt according to which a travel ban is issued. An individual could be barred from travelling for failing to pay as little as a KD 20 fee, reported Al- Qabas.
However, the Kuwait International Airport (KIA) has opened special cells that allow citizens and residents to make payments.
Last month alone, the names of 3,000 individuals were added to the list. Sources added that the non-Kuwaitis who have been barred from travelling are Indian, Bangladeshi, Egyptian, Syrian, Lebanese, Pakistani, Filipino, Nepalese and Ethiopian nationals.