Middle East: Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates Restrict Entry of Syrian Nationals
Due to the ongoing conflict in their country, Syrian nationals are currently experiencing stringent security screenings and increased denial rates when applying for visas to Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Visitor, business and work visa applications submitted by sponsoring employers and by individual foreign applicants are all affected.
Authorities in Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE have not formally announced new security measures, but Syrian nationals are advised to check with their immigration service provider about potential restrictions and delays before submitting a visa application.
Despite the increased travel restrictions generally, the Kuwaiti government is allowing Syrian nationals already residing in Kuwait to sponsor their Syrian children for entry visas and residence permits. This accommodation is limited to girls under the age of 15 and boys under the age of 10.
Fragomen is closely monitoring the situation regarding Syrian nationals and will provide updates as necessary.
This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Global, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.