Pakistanis excluded from Kuwait’s new visa plan

Published: April 2, 2014

Kuwait interior ministry’s decision allow all Kuwaiti embassies and consulates to issue all types of visit visas will not apply on six nations that have been barred from entering the country. PHOTO: FILE

Six nations, including Pakistan, have been excluded from Kuwait’s new visa regime, Gulf News reported.

Kuwait interior ministry’s decision allow all Kuwaiti embassies and consulates to issue all types of visit visas will not apply on six nations that have been barred from entering the country.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Kuwait’s interior ministry had said that the embassies and consulates were given full authority to issue the visas based on procedures stipulated by the law and its regulations.

The interior minister, Shaikh Muhammad Al Khalid, had issued instructions to the Citizenship, Travel Documents and Immigration departments “to work in coordination with the Ministry of Interior and the hotels sector which can also engage in the process of issuing all kinds of visas to Kuwait — commercial, tourist or family.”

However, a local daily Al Rai was told by the security sources that the new rules do not apply to nationals from Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan who have been barred from entering Kuwait.

The ban, which was imposed in 2011, on nationals of these six countries was attributed to the “difficult security conditions in the six countries” and to “the remarkably increasing tendency of Kuwait-based nationals from these countries to apply for visas to bring into Kuwait relatives who faced or could face serious challenges in their home countries.” According to the sources, the decision to allow embassies to issue visas will now be followed by a series of meetings to agree on specific measures for the process and to ensure that applicants wanted in terrorism-related cases or suspected of plotting to undermine the country’s security and stability are not given the visa.

Kuwait is home to around 2.2 million expatriates, making up two thirds of the total population.

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Reader Comments (88)

  • Banned world over?
    Apr 2, 2014 - 11:41PM

    So basically Pakistanis are banned from entering supposedly “our Muslim “Brother” country”
    Will the assembly follow the same tit for tat strategy like in did in case for Canada few days back which only restricted “a leader” verses banning entire countrymen?Recommend

  • 3rdRockFromTheSun
    Apr 2, 2014 - 11:42PM

    Long live the Ummah! One religion, one brotherhood!Recommend

  • Flybouy
    Apr 2, 2014 - 11:43PM

    Hmmm. Still feeling the brotherly love from the Middle East? Had US or UK done that, their embassies would have been burning right now.Recommend

  • S.Khan
    Apr 2, 2014 - 11:43PM

    I have my recruitment on hold for Kuwait Airways just coz of this visa ban. :(Recommend

  • ahsan Elahi
    Apr 2, 2014 - 11:43PM

    Kuwait is not acting like a brother country,,, Pakistani’s can visit any country even EU countries except Kuwait,,,its heart rending,,, we are being humiliated by our so called brother country,,, Pakistani authorities should take notice of this and Kuwaitis citizens must not be allowed to come to pakistan.bcoz they deserve it,,,,Recommend

  • tattu mian
    Apr 2, 2014 - 11:44PM

    your loss, KuwaitRecommend

  • Raged
    Apr 3, 2014 - 12:02AM

    Expel their Ambassador and staff, right away!Recommend

  • monarch679
    Apr 3, 2014 - 12:12AM

    what news it was about canada on pakistanis pls may be I missed it could you please post the link @Banned world over?:


  • pakistani fundamantlist
    Apr 3, 2014 - 12:22AM

    Why we pakistani are blaming other on the ground of there policies…why we are not aware of our own responsibility ..Oh people of pakistan oh Muslim of pakistan you have to realize the world attitude which is indeed a result of your behavior and the main thing is you are poor nation and people deal same like this ,,,,plz work for the security and development of your own country


  • ahmed
    Apr 3, 2014 - 12:33AM

    main reason is “TALIBAN”


  • Adeel
    Apr 3, 2014 - 12:36AM

    No one wants to go to Kuwait anyways. Send their Ambassador back.No need.


  • Umer
    Apr 3, 2014 - 12:43AM


    Expel their Ambassador and staff, right away!

    lol…since when have beggars become choosers?


  • kamal
    Apr 3, 2014 - 12:57AM

    We should retaliate and retaliate heavily. Recall our Ambassador from this pipsqueak and miserable piece of desert. Close down all imports of Kuwait oil and KPC office in Pakistan.
    Close down all joint ventures such Pak Kuwait Invest. Co. etc. or ask them to sell of their share. Oppose Kuwait at all international forums. Support all against them. And no moe hunting in Pakistan. They have been doing this since mid-90s and have been getting away because we didnt retaliate diplomstically. Any cheers for Saddam???


  • Weirdity
    Apr 3, 2014 - 1:00AM

    What! All countries in that list are Islamic. This is not the brotherly behavior expected from the ummah.


  • unbelievable
    Apr 3, 2014 - 1:00AM

    I guess they didn’t remember that Pakistan helped liberate Kuwait or maybe they remember how few troops you sent?


  • Ali
    Apr 3, 2014 - 1:06AM

    Relations are based on mutual respect. They deserve same treatment.


  • ISROFan
    Apr 3, 2014 - 1:24AM

    No country wants you


  • Sam
    Apr 3, 2014 - 1:40AM

    Now that cheap labor is no longer needed, lets ban them :)


  • Sulaiman
    Apr 3, 2014 - 1:52AM

    Amazing, we Pakistanis sit in front of Indian TV and movies all day and all night, we have failed to purge our society from some aspects of alien Indian culture which oppresses women, exploits dowry from women, “panchayats” copied from Indians that oppress our own people, our major city, Karachi, is in the hands of people who year after year vote for a party that showers love on India that attacked us 3 times!, and instead of cleaning up our own mess to make sure the situation in Kuwait is reversed, we suddenly look for “bortherly lover” and “one umma” slogans to the Gulf!!!!????

    First let’s prove to the world who we are, what our identity is……let’s look at ourselves first and what we as a people and what our leaders have been doing since 1947 and then let’s talk about “brotherly love”!!!! Anyone from outside Pakistan spending a day in a Pakistani home would think that our “brotherly love” is reserved for one country in the world: we don’t marry without their songs, we don’t stop wearing saris, we look sad in front of others.

    Jago Pakistan, jago!!! Let us do our part in showing the real Pakistan to the world!


  • Ali Mohsin
    Apr 3, 2014 - 1:54AM

    This is a very serious matter ; Nawaz government should take notice of the situation on urgent basis. We should called our ambassador back and expel their ambassador immersiately…..

    Pakistan is not having any trade relations rather we are supporting them by importing oil from this country……

    This shows pur poor diplomatic activity


  • abubakar
    Apr 3, 2014 - 2:09AM

    Anyone saying pak govt should dothe same! Tell me why would anyone want to come to pakistan in the first place?


  • MJA
    Apr 3, 2014 - 2:15AM

    And Pakistan was one of many countries that supported Kuwait during the gulf wars. Go on, keep pursuing your fellow Muslim brothers in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, trying to emulate and copy them every way possible and this is the respect they show you and in turn you go abusing Western countries for their discrimination. Aqal bari ya bhens.


  • Loophole
    Apr 3, 2014 - 3:16AM

    Nice to see such colourful responses here. Filled with emotional outbursts is what I’d say…but my Pakistani brethren wouldn’t it be much more insightful to sit for a moment and actually analyze this whole situation?
    Starting with the ‘why’ first?


  • Major Iqbal
    Apr 3, 2014 - 3:20AM

    Even the Arabs don’t want you to set foot on their lands.


  • Sirmaazthegreat
    Apr 3, 2014 - 4:43AM

    Just have the same policies for the Kuwaitis! Expel the ambassador and ban visa issuance to all the Kuwaiti nationals aswell..


  • Hashim Zuberi
    Apr 3, 2014 - 7:05AM

    I’m a little surprised at the reaction – why are you people so desparate to go to Kuwait?


  • Zaid
    Apr 3, 2014 - 7:44AM

    All the decision which will happen in this world will ask Pakistan’s suggestion. We are the champions of the world. We will unite the whole muslim world. Zzzzzz, Ooops Who awaked me ……..


  • citizen
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:18AM

    We need to ban kuwaiti visas to Pakistan. Very simple solution.


  • citizen
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:18AM

    Im sorry Pakistanis Visas to Kuwaitis


  • M@ni
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:20AM

    Can they do it to Indians? Noooo
    Our leaders are pathetic, should have taken the matter seriously


  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:33AM

    Un-thankful Kuwaitis – when these Kuwaitis were pounded by Saddam Hussein, Pakistan sent its small number of army to participate in Operation Desert Storm – and this is what we get in return. Recommend

  • Ghulam Hussain Soomro
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:35AM

    Well you need to look at it from their point of view as well. All 6 banned countries are conflict struck. But a complete ban is a bit too harsh. Then again, we( Pakistan) as a country really havent done anything in recent history to gain anyone’s trust.


  • Gp65
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:58AM

    @ahsan Elahi:
    Kuwaitis do not visit Pakistan for tourism. So are you suggesting that Kuwaiti invesors wishing to invest in Pakstan shold be barred entry?


  • indi cricket
    Apr 3, 2014 - 11:00AM

    Big 6


  • Ahmed Ali
    Apr 3, 2014 - 11:03AM

    Kuwait and Qatar have unknown problems with Pakistan which other GCC countries don’t have. They do not recognize contributions of Pakistan to building of these small monarch states. Why not bring ties with these countries to a low level.


  • suhaib
    Apr 3, 2014 - 11:18AM

    Thank you my Islamic brother country! may ummah live long and forever.


  • Sajjad Ahmad
    Apr 3, 2014 - 12:09PM

    Plz confirm the reliability ofsource before passing comments


  • Mahdi shah
    Apr 3, 2014 - 12:13PM

    You are the loser not others.


  • freedom at cost
    Apr 3, 2014 - 12:20PM

    keep religion at home…face reality….every religion is great but every follower is not….every great leader defeated by its own followers (Gandhi,Jinnah…)…same to allRecommend

  • Javed
    Apr 3, 2014 - 12:33PM

    Lots of Pakistani working in Kuwait. We can’t Afford tit for tat policy. Should try to put some diplomatic pressure on Kuwait through our middle eastern friends. Like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain etc


  • Usman
    Apr 3, 2014 - 12:39PM

    And Pakistan is the country that sent its troops in 1991 to liberate Kuwait from Iraq ! Recommend

  • Nabeel
    Apr 3, 2014 - 1:11PM

    Well Firstly this isn’t a NEW ban… Kuwait hasn’t been issuing ‘NEW’ visas to us for over two years now. Secondly Kuwait hasn’t been an attraction for expatriate workers from developing countries like us due to fewer job oppurtunities and much more arrogant and racist social attitue of the locals towards third world expats. This visa ban doesn’t effect anything, we weren’t dying on grabbing the so-called ‘golden job oppurtunities’ in this good for nothing state !


  • Gemini
    Apr 3, 2014 - 1:56PM

    Not only Kuwait every arab country deals with Pakistani’s like a low class. And we are still kissing their feet’s. Now where are the so called flag bearers of Muslim Ummah who issues fatwa on every one except corruption.


  • Apr 3, 2014 - 2:06PM

    Perfect example of “Muslim Ummah”…one Body !!!


  • ahsan
    Apr 3, 2014 - 2:08PM

    Whatever,,,, just ban them,,,,


  • Sheezzzzzzz
    Apr 3, 2014 - 2:23PM

    Kuwait is proud for nothing. They forget what they actually were. I had seen so many comments like brotherly country Ummah and muslim brotherhood words. These are ok if you are living in Pakistan and have no vision what these people actually are. Anyways I am not criticising but fact is Its their policy and its their right. We being Pakistanis should make ourselves strong enough not to face these issues.


  • Arshad
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:20PM

    Pakistan is a failure Country. They call themsleves Islamic state while they dont even have/implement proper islamic laws. Even Pakistanis don’t want to live in Pakistan. Pakistan is the land of thieves led by corrupt leaders. Pakistan deserves to be banned. Recommend

  • Hailstorm
    Apr 3, 2014 - 6:03PM

    Haha…while Pakistanis dream of brotherly Ummah and pretend to be wannabe Arabs, the Arabs don’t want you in their countries….lolRecommend

  • Mohammad
    Apr 3, 2014 - 6:24PM

    They never dared this during Musharraf regime. When Iran directly threat you to cross border for action and Karzai government bash Pakistan and its security agencies, what you have left.

    My love for USA strengthen, they gave me 5 year visa even they are not my umma. Recommend

  • Jamshed
    Apr 3, 2014 - 7:32PM

    Their reasoning is clear – Pakistanis constitute a security threat. The extreme religious views (bordering on dangerous), lack of civic sense and a disregard for laws and the propensity to lie and cheat are traits these countries do not value at all. The West, on the other hand allows free speech (which sometimes crosses over into hate speech by our muslim clerics) and welcomes diversity. But the narrow mindedness and bigotry of our brethren is changing that too.

    Pakistanis are increasingly not welcome in the world. And nobody is to blame except for the Pakistanis themselves.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Apr 3, 2014 - 7:35PM

    **Kuwait under attack from major super powers requests Pakistan for help and for the Muslim Nuclear Bomb.

    PAKISTAN REFUSES to help. **

    This should be rule, Shame on the faggots!Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami
    Apr 3, 2014 - 7:43PM

    You can get Visa for that, you can buy land there, you can get married to lady of that country. Please guess which country is that ? your Muslim brothers ? No all are Kafir counties. Recommend

  • Arif Javed
    Apr 3, 2014 - 8:06PM

    Pakistan should do the same for Kuwait. They should not allowed even fly over Pakistan!Recommend

  • amanat ali
    Apr 3, 2014 - 8:54PM

    This shows complete failure of Pakistan government to protect Pakistani nationals in foreign countries Pakistan government should call its ambassadors from such countries as they are not protecting the interests of Pakistanis. This also shows that it is a great insult for Pakistanis. Qatar is also not allowing Pakistanis to enter in this country.What our ambassadors are doing in these countries. They should be immediately called back and our embassies should be closed in these countries till they allow our nationals to enter these countries.Recommend

  • Sajjad
    Apr 3, 2014 - 8:59PM

    To be honest, this is what Pakistan deserves.Recommend

  • Ahmed Ishtiaq
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:12PM

    The thing is that if Americans are to believed Kuwait is at the forefront of funding terrorism in Pakistan, they knew where Bin Laden was and provide strategic, moral and financial support to them. Yet they have the audacity to ban Pakistanis from visiting Kuwait?

    Participation in coalition to liberate Kuwait from Iraq was probably a big mistake!Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:38PM

    You will bomb Which super power ? how you will deliver the bomb ? Using ICBM missiles or Some courier service ? Recommend

  • Goldstar
    Apr 3, 2014 - 10:49PM

    That’s OK. Intelligent Pakistanis in any case should go to DUBAI, which is also our cricket home ground. All Pakistanis who were planning to go to Kuwait/USA/UK/etc., please reconsider and go to Dubai, where you will be respected and feel very culturally and religiously welcome.Recommend

  • suresh kumar
    Apr 4, 2014 - 2:36AM

    sir Ji

    Start speaking the truth regarding Indo-Pak wars. people like u keep misleading the common man and look the state of affairs in Pakistan. Muslims are killing the Muslims almost everyday ( where is the brotherhood, my brother). Kuwait banned Pakistani from applying visa (where is the brotherhood, my brother). And the list goes on…..

    Islam is a religion of PEACE. Help yourself and your countrymen to know that Islam spreads PEACE not Hatred.

    For god sake, CHANGE your history books ( historical distortions) and replace them with books written by internationally reputed Pakistani historians.

    Listen to people like Hasan Nisar and help Pakistan.

    Thank You


  • Zen
    Apr 4, 2014 - 3:20AM

    Can a ‘gift’ of US$1.5 billion change your mind?


  • Apr 4, 2014 - 7:14AM

    @Sulaiman: Unfortunately for you, your identity is Indian. Everything wrong with India is also wrong with Pakistan because we share the same culture and history. You can run as hard as you like from this reality. But, the Kuwaitis and for that matter none of the Arabs would ever accept your so called Arab heritage. Your heritage is Indian and there is no escaping this reality. Good luck running away from your Indian heritage.


  • Apr 4, 2014 - 7:16AM

    @Sarfaraz Abbasi: They did not notice your small contingent. You must sent a large one and they would have seen it. your logic is laughable.


  • Ahmed Ali
    Apr 4, 2014 - 2:00PM

    You are too much insecure about yourself. All these “qualities” you will find in every nation if you have ever been an expat, but people back in Pakistan assume many things like you. We should stop criticizing ourselves all the time to limits but we do this easy thing again and again.


  • Ahmed Ali
    Apr 4, 2014 - 2:07PM

    Those who are back in Pakistan wanna be Arabs thinking every Arab owns an oil well, mannered and civilized, but this isn’t the fact. They are as uncivilized as a urban area Pakistani can be. Their governments use Islam to protect their monarch style of government while Islam has no such concept.


  • Ahmed Ali
    Apr 4, 2014 - 2:09PM

    At least we don’t beg from Kuwait , and second our hard working nation isn’t surviving on oil money that can end in next few decades and only sand will be left.


  • saad
    Apr 4, 2014 - 3:26PM

    Not to worry coz “KUWAIT” stands for “Kingdom Under West & American Influence Totally”


  • MJA
    Apr 4, 2014 - 4:01PM

    @Jamshed: Well said. This pseudo Islamic culture that is in force in Pakistan, trying their very best to copy and emulate the Arabs and using Islam to their convenience when most are incapable of telling even the simple truth and indulge in every form of corruption. Whatever has happened, is happening to Pakistan and Pakistani’s has been brought on by none other than Pakistani’s themselves. You made your bed now you lie in it.


  • optimist
    Apr 4, 2014 - 4:44PM

    @ GP65
    Yes, Kuwaiti investors should be banned too. They are not significant investors anyway.


  • optimist
    Apr 4, 2014 - 4:45PM

    There are different reasons behind this ban. For example, why Iran?
    I don’t see Iranis cursing themselves like we are doing!!


  • Akash
    Apr 4, 2014 - 5:53PM

    Great logic, dont look at what has Kuwait done with Pakistanis, its a small matter BUT Indian channels should not be watched here its a BIG ISSUE.
    Have you learned this TWITED LOGIC from Mr. Imran Khaan or Munawar Hsssan, kindly reply if you can.


  • anwar kamal
    Apr 4, 2014 - 5:56PM

    Forget umma or brotherhood.Self interest is first.


  • Last Word
    Apr 4, 2014 - 10:47PM

    It is a great setback for Pakistan that a Muslim nation has closed its doors to another which is quite unprecedented. Many other nations including non-Muslims may follow suit which includes India if Modi comes to power in this country this summer.


  • Jamshed
    Apr 4, 2014 - 10:58PM

    Try that against the Saudis or Kuwaitis, they will kick our backsides. Like the frenzied crazies that we are, we can only raise our shrill, vacuous voices against those that are magnanimous, generous, liberal, secular, or accepting. If someone stares us down, our tail goes limp and we slunk back into the hole. Sadly, that’s what has become of our once great potential. Surely, the quaid and our founding fathers must be squirming in the after world.


  • Yusuf
    Apr 4, 2014 - 11:52PM

    Nah…, Kuwaitee are welcome in Pakistan. Maybe few self important person in Kuwaitee foreign ministry playing Dart Board and hit Pakistan. Its quite Funny…!!!!!!!!!!!


  • truthbetold
    Apr 5, 2014 - 12:24AM

    Emotional Pakistani posters here, instead of getting upset with Kuwait, should honestly ponder and look in the mirror why this is happening. Kuwait and most other foreign countries look at Pakistanis only because Pakistan has become a global haven for terrorism and also because Pakistanis are the leading in fake visa/passport and illegal immigration. Whose fault is that?


  • truthbetold
    Apr 5, 2014 - 1:20AM

    You have been reading too much Pakistan Studies and the lies and propaganda.


  • Zen
    Apr 5, 2014 - 4:16AM

    What does KSA stands for? Kingdom of Secured Aid?


  • MJA
    Apr 5, 2014 - 11:33AM

    @Jamshed: And don’t forget taking offence. If Pakistani’s are good at anything, its taking offence at the drop of a hat. Why do you think its so common to hear someone say to you ‘Agar ap bura na maney to me kuch bolun?’


  • Naresh
    Apr 5, 2014 - 4:39PM

    This ban will result in loss of Billion of US Dollars per year to the Pakistani Economy. Also, on cannot forget the consequent effect on Pakistani society which will become Even More Radicalized. The cost of this further Radicalization cannot be Estimated but surely it might eventually cost in Hundreds of Billions of US Dollars.


  • MJA
    Apr 6, 2014 - 1:06AM

    @Amit: Pakistan is NOT part of the Middle East. It is part of the Indian Subcontinent and South Asia and always has been since its inception. Read up on your Geography. Also there is nothing much ‘Islamic’ about Pakistan when you see what happens here on a daily basis. Compare that to what happens in other Islamic states and where they stand on the world stage in comparison to Pakistan, how they have prospered and become successful. It is quite obvious. Pakistan may be an Islamic nuclear power but what good has it done for Pakistan? What good or betterment has it done for the economy? Pakistan is a nuclear power but cannot provide basic electricity, water, education, housing, jobs, medicare and security to its citizens. Nuclear weapons will not provide you with any of the above. If your ego takes priority over everything else, fine enjoy your nuclear status but be prepared to lag behind the rest of the world and whine and complain about your woes of daily life because nothing much else will happen. Pakistan is a very ego status country and a product of its own doing.Recommend

  • MJA
    Apr 6, 2014 - 1:07AM

    @Amit: Pakistan is NOT part of the Middle East. It is part of the Indian Subcontinent and South Asia and always has been since its inception. Read up on your Geography. Also there is nothing much ‘Islamic’ about Pakistan when you see what happens here on a daily basis. Compare that to what happens in other Islamic states and where they stand on the world stage in comparison to Pakistan, how they have prospered and become successful. It is quite obvious. Pakistan may be an Islamic nuclear power but what good has it done for Pakistan? What good or betterment has it done for the economy? Pakistan is a nuclear power but cannot provide basic electricity, water, education, housing, jobs, medicare and security to its citizens. Nuclear weapons will not provide you with any of the above. If your ego takes priority over everything else, fine enjoy your nuclear status but be prepared to lag behind the rest of the world and whine and complain about your woes of daily life because nothing much else will happen. Pakistan is a very ego status country and a product of its own doing.


  • Asif iqbal
    Apr 6, 2014 - 1:07PM

    All these responses reveal to me that not a lot of people understand the situation in Kuwait which has a parliament and an already huge expatriate population which they want to control. Adding to all this is security situation created by the people of these countries that slip, work illegally, get involved in criminal activities etc etc
    We need to understand middle eastern dynamics to. We need to export law abiding citizens that are skilled or are educated in fields sought after. Only then will everyone welcome us with open arms.Recommend

  • Furqan
    Apr 17, 2014 - 2:09PM

    Why ban on common people of Pakistan, we are world best hard workers and already proved in all over the world, middle class people needs foren jobs in muslim countries to makes their families stabled. Kuwaiti Govt authorities must consider to lift ban on Pakistan.


  • Apr 22, 2014 - 4:35PM

    i want visa of kuwait


  • Muslim
    Apr 28, 2014 - 5:33PM

    While it was certainly wrong on Kuwaits part. Not allowing Kuwaitis in Pakistan would make us no better than them. We should be the noble one and still love them as our brothers. May Allah be the judge of us all.

    Secondly, Pakistan’s isolation globally is largely because of our own underdevelopment and insecurity starting from the 1990′s. We used to be one of the most respected Muslim nations before that.


  • Imran
    May 2, 2014 - 2:14AM

    when’s pakistani visas open please give me some information when is visas open from pakistan.


  • kamran
    May 26, 2014 - 8:50PM

    Our govt shud take action on this unjustice ban of Pakistanis.Closed embassy in Kuwait and Pakistan


  • Ayesha
    Aug 23, 2014 - 10:50PM

    Hello! Anyone can tell me that when it was banned on Pakistan?? And when it will be unbanned?? I really wanted to know because I wanna visit there after two years in 2016… So till than they will unban on Pakistani visitors??? Please please give me reply as soon as possible… Thanks..Recommend

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