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Medical tests for some nationalities only in proposal stage
October 20, 2013, 9:53 am

Health ministry officials denied a local daily report that expats from 31 countries considered a source of contagious and dangerous diseases  will be henceforth subject to medical tests while renewing their residencies in Kuwait.

According to a local Arabic daily, the head of the ports and borders health department Dr Sami Al-Nasser announced the re-testing procedure will be applied to citizens from 31 countries who are residing in Kuwait after returning from their vacations. The test will take place at the time of iqama renewal.

Nasser said the countries are Niger, Uganda, Cameron, Angola, Congo, Central Africa, South Africa, Djibouti, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Benin, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Chad, Togo, Tonga, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast, Mali, Malawi, Nigeria, Namibia, Somalia and India. Nasser said the test is precautionary so that no infection is transferred to Kuwait from the above-mentioned countries, “as we always follow the necessary procedures to prevent transmission of infections and chronic diseases”.

Col Adel Al-Hashash, PR and Moral Guidance Director of the Ministry of Interior, told Kuwait Times that this decision was taken by the Ministry of Health and is applied on the citizens of the mentioned countries. “Before entering Kuwait, a visa applicant should have an official medical certificate from his home country approved by the Kuwaiti embassy in that country to get the visa.

Then these expats will have to undergo a medical test here with every visa renewal. And if they don’t, their files will be blocked and they won’t be able to do any paperwork,” he stated. This new rule will not help the authorities meet the objective of purging the country of contagious diseases or chronic ailments.

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