Airports deny boarding of expatriates in Kuwait because the “resident identity card” is not mentioned on Civil ID – ARAB TIMES


KUWAIT CITY, July 18: As passengers face the end of issuance of residence stamps in their passports, airlines have reported a few incidents on their flights out of Kuwait.

An official from a South Asian national carrier said a few passengers who failed to present their Kuwaiti civil identity cards were unable to board their flights.

It is therefore strongly recommended that all passengers traveling this summer bring both their valid passport and their civil identity card for hassle-free exit and entry.

Kuwait’s General Immigration Department, meanwhile, said it had not received any complaints from anyone claiming to have been refused entry to a country because the passport of the traveler residing in the country did not bear the residence permit stamped on passport, Al-Rai Daily reports citing informed sources.

The daily quoting the same sources said that Kuwait’s method of printing personal data on the holder’s civil identity card will not change. In the event that the names are more than two and there is not enough space to print the names of the civil identification, the first and last name of the person will suffice with the inclusion of the initials of the second and the third name.

The sources pointed out that the civilian ID card has the full name in Arabic and Latin and that in the event of loss of the ID card, the Kuwaiti mission should be contacted to allow the person to enter Kuwait. .

The sources told the Daily that before the implementation of the decision to remove residence stamps from the passport, Kuwait informed all countries of the world through their embassies in Kuwait and the general directorates of civil aviation. of the decision to cancel the residence permit and include the information in the holder’s civil identification.

The sources added that the Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DGAC had also informed all relevant authorities of these procedures adopted by Kuwait. On the other hand, the Public Authority of Civil Information denied on Wednesday what was published by a local newspaper according to which the civil identity card was not accepted as a reference for a residence permit by certain European countries.

The PACI added since the publication of the ministerial resolution n ° 135 / -2019 to cancel the residence stickers, there has been a coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation to inform all countries that the civil identification must be treated as a residence permit reference.

The sources pointed out that this was the case in more than one country, including several Gulf states. Surprisingly, as posted by ‘, June 30, 2019’, a resident said on June 14, 2019, that he was returning to Kuwait Qatar Airways, from Los Angeles to Qatar and from Qatar to Kuwait. He claimed he was held up at the Qatar Airways counter at LA airport because of his residence permit. He claimed that his recently renewed residence permit is valid until May 7, 2020.

“So according to Kuwait’s new regulations, everything was mentioned in the civil identification. I showed them my identity card and told them that the details of my residence permit were mentioned there.

The Qatar Airways counter screen displayed the Residence Permit page and not my Civilian ID. They told me either that I should have a letter from Kuwait stating that the residence permit and the civil identity are the same, to which I replied that the validity of the residence is mentioned in the civil identity and so far it seemed mine was the first case in Los Angeles.

“They sent my passport and my civilian ID card several times for verification. I was saved because my old residence permit was valid until July 1 and it was stamped in the passport and luckily there was no cancellation stamp. So, miraculously, I saved the day and they let me travel. Otherwise, I had to cancel all the plane tickets and go to the Kuwait Consulate in Los Angeles and receive a letter from them. It’s just to share my experience. Looks like airport authorities aren’t aware of the changes to civilian identification.

In the United Arab Emirates, the civil identity card mentions the “resident identity card”, in Qatar it mentions the “residence permit”; in Kuwait it is written “Civil ID” and, unfortunately, the word “resident” is nowhere mentioned.


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