Kuwait to Offer Visas to Pakistanis After 10-Year Ban

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The State of Kuwait is to resume issuing visas to citizens of Pakistan. This news comes after a decade-long suspension of various types of visas for Pakistanis.

For the past 10 years, nationals of Pakistan have been unable to obtain family, business, or technical visas for Kuwait.

Following a meeting between Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah and the Interior Minister of Pakistan Sheikh Rasheed, this policy has been reversed.

For the first time since 2011, Pakistani passport holders can apply for and obtain a Kuwait business visa or family visa.

Kuwait has also announced that it will be issuing technical visas to Pakistani nationals for work in the fields of medicine and oil.

According to Interior Minister Rasheed, the return of work visas will boost trade between Kuwait and Pakistan, while providing Pakistani nationals with employment opportunities.

Meanwhile, citizens of Pakistan who currently reside in any Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country are eligible to apply online for a Kuwait eVisa. This allows the holder to visit Kuwait as a tourist. The quick online application process makes it very easy for Pakistani nationals to get authorization to take a trip to Kuwait.

A Historic Meeting Restores Visas for Citizens of Pakistan

Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah met with Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed on May 30, 2021 in what has turned out to be a historic meeting.

Also present were Kuwaiti Interior Minister Thamer Ali Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kuwait Syed Sajjad Haider.

The meeting included discussions on bilateral relations and other topics of mutual interest to both countries.

Interior Minister Rasheed handed the Kuwaiti Prime Minister a special letter written by his Pakistani counterpart, Imran Khan.

During the meeting, the Kuwaiti government took the decision to resume issuing visas to Pakistanis.

Interior Minister Rasheed welcomed the outcome of the meeting, stating that Pakistani labor played a vital role in the early development of Kuwait.

He added that relations between the 2 nations were based on mutual brotherhood and love, stating: “All Pakistanis consider Kuwait as their second home.”

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah has been quoted as saying that the relationship between Kuwait and Pakistan has spanned more than 70 years and that there is love and trust between the peoples of both countries.

History of Kuwait Visas for Pakistanis

Nationals of Pakistan were able to obtain visas for Kuwait until 2011.

Kuwait made a series of visa suspensions in 2011, citing security concerns in the countries involved. Citizens of Afghanistan, Iran, and Syria were no longer issued Kuwaiti visas, along with Pakistanis.

Pakistan has attempted to negotiate with Kuwait several times over the past decade in order to restore visas for its citizens.

The situation was nearly resolved in 2017. Then-Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif visited Kuwait and pleaded the case for lifting the visa suspension. The Kuwaiti government initially announced that it would begin issuing visas to Pakistani nationals, but the decision was never put into force.

Sheikh Rasheed has said that the business community has faced enormous problems, as have Pakistani family members of Kuwaiti citizens and residents.

Now that the decision has been made to begin issuing visas to Pakistani nationals once again, Rasheed thanked the Kuwaiti PM. He welcomed the fact that job opportunities would become available to Pakistanis and that trade would increase between both nations as a result.