Vietnamese among group of workers banned in Kuwait
Workers from Georgia and Guinea-Bissau were among those countries listed, but it is not clear why the ban was introduced
Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued an order to stop issuing visas to citizens from a number of countries until further notice.
According to sources, Major-General Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf, the head of Residence Affairs Department, the Nationality Department as well as the Passports Department, issued circulars ordering a halt to the issuing of visas to certain passport holders without his approval, Zawya reported.
The countries affected include Georgia, Guinea-Bissau and Vietnam. A report in the Al-Anba daily suggested the move was made to regulate the labor market as well as to curb “problems faced by the criminal security sector.”
In addition, a security source said the decision was a result of a number of letters issued by the Undersecretary of the Criminal Security in the Ministry of Interior, Major-General Khalid Al-Dayeen.
However, others pointed out that the decision to halt visas for Vietnamese nationals was done by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.