Travel Ban on 29,000 Kuwaitis


 More than 29,000 Kuwaiti citizens (2.9% of the Kuwaiti population) are currently banned from traveling outside Kuwait due to non-payment of outstanding debts, according to a senior Ministry of Justice official. “Thirteen thousand of the citizens facing travel bans have debts ranging between KD 100 and KD 2,000,” said Ali Al-Dhubaibi, the head of the Ministry of Justice’s implementation department.

The total owed by those banned from travel currently stands at KD 526 million, which includes unpaid alimony, outstanding bills for state services and loans that were defaulted on, he told Al-Qabas. Al-Dhubaibi also revealed that the number of Kuwaitis taking out loans for consumer goods has risen steadily, saying that this negative habit is leading more and more citizens to fall into debt.

So, to all expats living in Kuwait, a word of warning. Heed the evil that is credit cards, be weary of outstanding debt, before going on vacation, check with the Ministries Complex and ensure that none of the companies to which you owe money has filed a complaint against you for non-payment. Companies are now wily, and do not inform the customer before going to court, leaving it as a surprise.

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