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Gov’t Still Without Any Decision on Issuance of Visit Visas Upon Arrival for Foreigners

All expats with valid residency visas can enter Kuwait beginning August 1 if they are completely vaccinated with two doses of vaccines approved by Kuwait’s health administration. As of now, no decisions have been made regarding the issuing of visit visas upon arrival at the Kuwait airport, whether by sea or land. Visit Visas for [...]

Brands For Less Opens in Kuwait

Great news, shoppers! There’s a new store in town, and it offers high quality products at affordable prices. In fact, it’s one of the world’s leading “off-price” retailers on clothes, footwear, accessories, toys, homeware, and much, much more. Brands For Less is now open! In 1996, Brands For Less, which is managed by BFL Group, [...]

Kuwait to Deny Entry for Partially Vaccinated Expats

As preparations are made to implement the Cabinet Ministers’ decision to allow entry of vaccinated expats into Kuwait with vaccines approved in Kuwait beginning August 1st, government sources have stated that entry will be permitted for expats who have received an unapproved vaccine and those who have received one dose. According to Al Qabas, the [...]

Soon, Fully Vaccinated Travellers Allowed to Enter Kuwait

After a months-long suspension, Kuwait said Thursday that foreigners who have been completely vaccinated against the new coronavirus would be allowed to enter the nation beginning August 1. The Gulf government stopped non-citizens from entering in February in an effort to minimize the spread of the virus, but has begun to relax some of its [...]

Gov’t Releases Protocols On Quarantine, Travel and Entry for Foreign Domestic Workers

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, returning foreign domestic workers to Kuwait who have not yet been vaccinated would be subject to a 14-day institutional quarantine. They will also be required to submit a negative PCR test, which must be completed within 72 hours of their arrival in Kuwait. They will be subjected [...]

Working in Kuwait as a Domestic Helper? Get Approval of Sponsor First – PH Embassy

Despite the success in hiring domestic workers from the Philippines, the situation for expats is different. Expatriates must now receive sponsor clearance and have a minimum salary of KD 2500 in order to hire Filipino domestic employees. While some were surprised to learn that expatriate families were not permitted to bring house maids from the [...]

Senior Citizen, 2 Domestic Helpers Ask to be Rescued from Abusive Employer

In recent years, the Philippines has made numerous measures to safeguard the welfare of Filipino domestic workers in Middle Eastern countries, particularly Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. This is due to the high number of documented incidences of abuse and maltreatment of Filipino workers. Sadly, despite ongoing efforts, there are still reported incidences of abuse directed [...]

Here Are the New Conditions to Refund Fees for Kuwaitis, Domestic Helpers on the Belsalamah Platform

Domestic workers and Kuwaiti residents have a special procedure on the Belsalamah platform that allows them to seek a fee refund after signing up for a new contract at a domestic labor recruitment office. The website outlined different processes for getting your payments refunded up to KD 490. If the sponsor changes his mind and [...]

A Filipino domestic helper in Kuwait claimed abuse from her employer prompted her to attempt suicide earlier this month. The woman, who is now in the hospital, accused her Arab female sponsor of holding her against her will for two years and abusing her physically. READ NEXT: Kuwait Sees Sharp Decline in Expat Population and Domestic Workers On May 16, the 26-year-old Filipina attempted suicide by drinking a bathroom-cleaning liquid and was taken to a Kuwaiti hospital. Pinay Maid Attempts End Life, Claims Abuse Behind Suicide Bid Her condition improved after nine days in a coma, and police investigators went to the hospital to question her. She claimed that her employer, who works at a private medical center in Kuwait, frequently abused her and that she had previously attempted but failed to escape, according to a report by Gulf News. Authorities arrested the sponsor in order to question her about the maid's allegations. As the Kuwaiti government reopened its borders to migrant workers, including those from the Philippines, to work as domestic helpers in the Gulf State amid the ongoing pandemic, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) sought to improve such conditions by allowing these Filipino employees to report such incidents directly to their office in order for them to be investigated and receive immediate assistance. READ NEXT: POLO Urges OFWs to Report Maltreatment of Employers Directly

A Filipino domestic helper in Kuwait claimed abuse from her employer prompted her to attempt suicide earlier this month. The woman, who is now in the hospital, accused her Arab female sponsor of holding her against her will for two years and abusing her physically. READ NEXT: Kuwait Sees Sharp Decline in Expat Population and [...]

Kuwait Sees Sharp Decline in Expat Population and Domestic Workers

According to recent figures from the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), there has been a drastic decrease in the number of domestic workers in the country, which is akin to a “mass exodus.” The authority also noted that more than 83,000 residency permits were cancelled within two months due to expiration, non-renewal, or workers leaving [...]