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Kuwait issues advisory banning Pinoys

Kuwait entry ban

An advisory was reportedly received from its head office by the Kuwait Airlines stationed at the NAIA and other network stations, notifying about the prohibition on the entry of Philippine nationals into the State of Kuwait.

Officials from the Kuwait Airlines said on Friday that the advisory dated May 10, 2023 is to be implemented immediately, but according to Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokesperson Dana Sandoval, the bureau is yet to receive an official document regarding the matter.

The advisory stated that: “as of immediate effect, entry into the State of Kuwait is strictly prohibited for all Philippines nationals, irrespective of their visa type, including those eligible for visa-on-arrival based on their Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) residency. However, it is important to note that this restriction does not apply to Philippines nationals who currently hold a valid residence permit in Kuwait (Valid civil ID or Mobile ID).”

It further stated that the the following categories of Philippines nationals are not allowed entry into Kuwait: New visa holders, including work, visit, commercial visit, or any other entry visas; Domestic workers accompanying GCC nationals to avail of visa on arrival. GCC is a group of six countries in the Persian Gulf: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates;.

The advisory was passed to all Kuwait networks and hub stations for information and strict compliance and due to it, all Middle East carriers and even some international airlines with direct or connecting flights to Kuwait were advised not to load Filipino passengers especially the first time worker or first time to have Kuwait visas.

Middle East carriers operating at NAIA are; Kuwait Airlines, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air and Saudia Airlines while there are also some international airlines with connecting flights to Kuwait that were also notified.

Only Filipino workers residing in Kuwait can renew their residency permits according to the usual procedures and only those with valid residency permits are allowed to enter Kuwait. The directive to halt the issuance of all types of visas for Filipinos includes new issued entry permits.

There were reports from recruitment agencies that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) specially the Filipina Household Service Workers (HSW) who departed for Kuwait since May 8 to 9, 2023, are being offloaded at Dubai International Airport if their flights are booked or with connecting flights to Kuwait.

It was reported that the Kuwaiti government has suspended all types of work and entry visas for Filipinos after the Philippines reportedly violated a bilateral labor agreement with the country, local media reported on Tuesday, citing sources from the Ministry of Interior. The suspension reportedly was due to the Philippines having not “complied with the provisions of the labor agreement between the two countries.”

In February, the Philippines barred first-time workers, especially domestic workers, from entering Kuwait after the brutal murder of a 35-year-old Filipina maid by the teenage son of her Kuwaiti employer.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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