Kuwait announces visa ban of 5 Muslim-majority countries

Kuwait has followed in Donald Trump’s footsteps after the country announced visa ban on five Muslim-majority countries.

Issuing of visas to these countries – Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Afghanistan, has been suspended.

Travelers from the blacklisted countries will have their tourism, trade, and visitor visas canceled or denied, according to an order from the Kuwaiti government.

However, Pakistan’s diplomat in Kuwait, Ghulam Dastagir, said his country was excluded from the list. Ambassadors from Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, are yet to clarify on their foreign policy details with the western Asia country.

Prior to Mr. Trump’s executive orders banning 7 Muslim-majority countries, Kuwait has been the only nation to have sanctioned Syrian nationals.

Kuwait city previously suspended all visas to Syrians in 2011.

Political analysts believe the U.S. President imposed bans on countries which have a majority-Muslim population and are going through a difficult phase in their economy/military.

Nonetheless, critics think Mr. Trump’s anti-Muslim policy aims at branding every citizen of the selected countries as “terrorists.”

Alex Nowrasteh, an analysts at the Cato Institute, writes in an article published on 25 January, that “foreigners from those seven nations have killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks on US soil between 1975 and the end of 2015.”

Nowrasteh also argued that the President’s “blanket ban” will have little or no effect in improving lives and property in the United States of America, adding that the costs far outweigh the risks.

The Kuwaiti government issued out warnings that any would-be migrant should avoid applying for visas from the blacklisted countries. This decision was inspired by a growing need to cut out radical Islamic terrorists from the country.

In 2015, a group of jihadists blew up a Shia mosque, killing a total of 27 Kuwaitis.

Expat Insider rated Kuwait as one of the worst nations in the world for expatriates. The 2016 survey claims their ranking is primarily due to the country’s strict cultural laws.

The State of Kuwait has an estimated population of 4.2 million people. From this number, about 1.3 million are Kuwaitis while 2.9 expatriates.

Kuwait observes a “largely circular” civil law system modeled after the French legal system.

Sharia law applies only to Muslim families while expatriates and non-Muslims have a secular family law.

The UN described Kuwait’s legal system as a mixture of English common law, French civil law, Egyptian civil law and Islamic law.

There are also separate courts for Sunni, Shia and non-Muslims.