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After Donald Trump, now Kuwait imposes visa ban on five Muslim-majority nations including Pakistan

News Agencies | Updated on: 2 February 2017, 16:05 IST

Following the Muslim ban in the United States, Kuwait has now suspended the issuance of visas for travellers from Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.

Tourism, trade, and visitor visas from the above mentioned nations have been restricted following an order from the Kuwaiti Government to slap a "blanket ban" on possible migrants, according to Sputnik News.

The Kuwaiti Government has asked would-be migrants from the five banned nations not to apply for visas, as Kuwait City is worried about the possible migration of radical Islamic terrorists.

A group of militants bombed a Shia mosque in 2015, killing 27 Kuwaiti nationals. A 2016 survey conducted by Expat Insider ranked Kuwait one of the worst nations in the world for expatriates, primarily due to its strict cultural laws.

Kuwait was the only nation to prohibit the entry of Syrian nationals prior to Trump's executive action. Kuwait City previously issued a suspension of visas for all Syrians in 2011.

Trump's executive order has temporarily banned refugees from around the world, blocked Syrian refugees indefinitely and halted entry for 90 days for the people from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia.

According to a state department spokesman, the travellers who have dual nationality between a country on the list and another non-US country have also been barred from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

--ANI

First published: 2 February 2017, 16:05 IST
 
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