Kuwait Airways closes its doors to these nationalities until further notice – Al-Nasr Newspaper
Kuwaiti aviation takes a surprising and shocking step, as the civil aviation in Kuwait announced that any passenger of those nationalities will be prevented from boarding until further notice, even if he has a prior entry visa.
This decision excludes people who hold valid residency in the country. This step sparked a lot of controversy and affected many travelers and airlines.
Kuwait Airways generalizes airport passport management
According to the Kuwaiti media, the Director of the Airport Passports Department, Brigadier Bader Al-Shaya, issued a circular to the Civil Aviation Administration that completely prohibits the acceptance of any passenger of Filipino nationality, even if he has a prior entry visa. This circular excludes only those who hold valid residency in Kuwait. This decision has entered into force since yesterday, Wednesday, and will continue until further notice.
Actions taken by Kuwait Airways
Within the framework of this circular, the Director of Operations Department at the General Administration of Civil Aviation, Mansour Al-Hashemi, issued a circular to the head of the accredited local airlines committee not to allow any passenger of Filipino nationality to board planes, unless he has a valid residence permit in Kuwait.
Under this decision, no passenger of Filipino nationality will be allowed to travel even if he has a prior entry visa. This decision includes all airlines operating in Kuwait, and it will start working immediately and will continue until further notice.
The impact of the decision on passengers and airlines in Kuwait
Airlines in Kuwait have received new directives from the Civil Aviation Administration regarding passengers of Filipino nationality. These new directives have caused a state of anxiety and tension between travelers of Filipino nationality and the airlines that serve this audience.
Filipino passengers have been banned from traveling to Kuwait, which means airlines will have to drastically adjust their plans, flight schedules and arrangements.
The Filipino nationality is one of the common nationalities among migrant workers in Kuwait and the Gulf countries. Many economic sectors in Kuwait depend on Filipino workers in areas such as domestic services, health care and construction.
However, this sudden decision to prevent boarding of Filipino passengers appears to mark a major shift in immigration policy in Kuwait.
Finally, the decision of civil aviation in Kuwait to prevent the boarding of any passenger of Filipino nationality until further notice has sparked a lot of controversy and tension.
Although the decision excludes those who hold valid residency in Kuwait, it will greatly affect travelers and the airlines concerned. The developments of this decision must be followed up and its impact on bilateral relations between Kuwait and the Philippines should be known.