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Saudi Arabia official dismisses claims of entry restrictions on Kuwaitis
December 29, 2013, 3:25 pm
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Non-citizens must use Umrah visas only to perform Umrah, not for visits or transit

A Saudi official has dismissed claims that they had imposed restrictions on Kuwaiti nationals entering the kingdom.

“Kuwaiti citizens can enter Saudi Arabia for any purpose without the need for a visa,” a spokesperson for the Saudi embassy in Kuwait City said.

However, non-Kuwaitis, including the stateless residents of the northern Arabian Gulf country, must be with a licenced tour and can enter the kingdom only to perform Umrah, he added, Kuwaiti dailies reported on Sunday.

“The Umrah visa is only to perform Umrah and cannot be used for visits or to transit through Saudi lands,” the spokesperson said.

“The competent authorities in the kingdom have noted that several people who applied for and obtained Umrah visas used them for other purposes.”

The official said that no foreign residents are allowed to use their own vehicles to enter Saudi Arabia and perform Umrah.

“The regulations do not allow the use of private cars because they want to make sure that those who obtained the visa use it solely to perform Umrah and not abuse it to break the rules and regulations.”

The spokesperson said that Saudi Arabia welcomed anyone who planned to perform Umrah within the kingdom’s specific visa rules and regulations.

Those who have other purposes for their trip should apply for the visas according to the rules, he added.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens can travel between the six members of the Council — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — using their identity cards following a unanimous accord endorsed by their capitals.

 

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