Kuwait National Assembly approved compulsory health insurance for all visitors

Kuwait National Assembly approved compulsory health insurance for all visitors

The National Assembly approved in two rounds of voting a draft law requiring foreigners visiting Kuwait to obtain a health insurance policy for the duration of the visit. The law, passed by 47 MPs against four with one abstention, also forbids the interior ministry from issuing visit visas for foreigners without the health insurance policy.

The law stipulates no specific amounts to be paid by the visitors, but this is expected to be defined when the ministry prepares the bylaws for applying the law after its publication in the official gazette within one month of reaching the government. Accordingly, the law’s implementation is unlikely to happen before two to three months or even longer.

The legislation main aim is to prevent foreign visitors from undergoing medical treatment at the country’s public health facilities, although existing laws already ban them as the health service is provided through a civil ID which is granted only to those who have legal residence permits.

Courtesy: Kuwait Times

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