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Expatriates with non-infectious diseases to be denied entry, residency
March 10, 2018, 4:50 pm

Reports have emerged that the government is studying a proposal to stop expatriates who suffer from cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and several other non-contagious diseases from entering or obtaining residency in Kuwait.

The new report comes in the wake of a Ministry of Health publication that listed 22 illnesses which would automatically deny residency to expatriates diagnosed with the diseases. Among the illnesses featured in the list are renal failure, vision problems, squinting, and tens of others. In a statement following the publication, official sources said said that the listing was in line with a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) decision that dates back to 2001.

Elaborating on the decision, the official said the main aim was to reduce the cost of expat healthcare on the country’s budget and to ensure that expatriates coming to the country were fit to work.

Kuwait already disqualifies people with contagious diseases from entering or leaving the country. Those diseases include Aids, Herpes, Hepatitis, Malaria, Leprosy, Syphilis, Tuberculosis, and Gonorrhea. However, this is the first time the country was said to be considering banning people with non-infectious illnesses from entering it.

The most recent move is set to be criticized by international human rights organizations because it is unusual to ban people from entering countries if the illnesses they suffer from are not infectious.


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