Kuwait extends residency permits, visas of expats for three months

(170329) — DEAD SEA, March 29, 2017 (Xinhua) — The Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (front) attends the 28th Arab League Summit at the Dead Sea, south of the capital Amman, Jordan, on March 29, 2017. The 28th ordinary Arab League Summit opened in Dead Sea, Jordan on Wednesday morning, with 15 state leaders from the 22 member states attending the meeting. (Xinhua/Meng Tao) (sxk)

DUBAI (RAHNUMA): Kuwait has extended the residency permits and visas of all migrants in the country for up to three months, the state news agency has reported.

The country’s interior ministry announced the new resolution that will cover visas and permits due to expire in June.

It comes amid “exceptional circumstances” brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Kuwaiti authorities said they were monitoring situations in areas still under lockdown to assess the possibility of easing restrictions.

Tareq Al-Mezrem, a government spokesman, said health authorities “are working on controlling the spread of the pandemic in areas under lockdown to bring the infections to acceptable levels.”

He added lifting lockdown measures would depend on “level of spread, rate of infections, intensity and hotspots of the virus.”

While other sectors remain closed, Al-Mezrem said the Council of Ministers has allowed banks to reopen on June 2.

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