Kuwait: The Ministry of Interior will start implementing the regulations governing expatriates’ residency on Sunday March 10.
Under the new regulations, the residency visa stickers on passports will be cancelled and replaced by expatriates’ civil ID cards, which will feature all necessary data.
Expatriates will then be allowed to enter Kuwait through all exits with their civil ID cards, provided that they have valid passports and ID cards, The smart card chip features all details about the expatriate’s judicial records, date of expiry of residency and other useful information, The renewal and the payment of the ID card fees will be processed online.
Director General of General Department for Residency Affairs Brigadier Abdulqader Al-Sha’aban stressed that an expatriate will not be allowed to enter or exit Kuwait without a valid passport and a valid civil ID card issued by Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI). He indicated that those with residence permit stickers in their passports prior to the enforcement of this decision will be exempted provided their residency and civil IDs are valid.
Meanwhile, Director General of PACI Musaed Al-Asousi explained that expatriates who need to renew their residence permits must visit the website of Ministry of Interior and register their data including their telephone number and health insurance details.
In case of any problems in the renewal of their residence permits, they will receive an SMS with the request to visit PACI office. In addition, Director General of Information Systems Department Brigadier Ismael Rashed Al-Yasin said sponsors who want to carry out transactions related to residence permits must visit the government website and select the page of Ministry of Health in order to buy health insurance for their employees. After buying the health insurance, they must move to page of Ministry of Interior for registering the data. They must check if they or their employees are required to pay for any traffic violations or are wanted for enforcement of judicial sentences.