Kuwait overturns over 60s expat work ban

Kuwait is to permit expats over 60 years to obtain a work permit again, the Minister of Justice, Jamal Al-Jalawai announced this week, Kuwaiti state news agency KUNA reported. The move brings to an end a serious debate over several months in Kuwait following a 2020 ruling in which the government banned renewing work permits for expats who are over 60 years old and those who hold less than a secondary school certificate in terms of education. Expatriates who are 60 who hold a lower educational diploma can obtain the permit which will be issued for KD250 ($826). Workers also must have full health insurance from one of the Boursa Kuwait-listed insurance companies. The new visa will be issued for a one-year period “and will be revised within this period according to the labour market conditions,” KUNA reported. From June 2020 to June 2021, Kuwait’s labour market lost more than 253,000 migrant workers when Kuwait suspended issuance of all visas during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Kuwait’s Society for Human Rights.

Kuwait economy

Kuwait is a rich country, and its nationals enjoy a very high per capita income. After a slight recovery in 2018, Kuwait’s economic growth slowed to 0.4% in 2019 as lower oil output and weaker oil prices offset the steady expansion of the non-oil sector. Due to the pandemic, it plummeted to -8.1% in 2020 but is now expected to come back by 3.2% in 2022, subject to the post-pandemic global economic recovery, according to the IMF. “Government spending, employment and credit growth are expected to support economic activity in the short term; nonetheless, this will depend on stable oil prices and higher oil output,” reported Credit Agricole.

Healthcare for Brits in Kuwait

Kuwait and the UK do not have reciprocal healthcare agreements. You should buy comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you enter the country. You should also make sure you’re covered by health insurance for UK treatment or you’ll be charged by the NHS for any care you receive in the UK. The NHS has information for people moving abroad. You’ll need your Kuwaiti civil ID (or your passport if you’re on a visitor visa) to access healthcare. You should check your prescriptions are legal in Kuwait – you may need to get permission from Kuwaiti authorities to bring your medicine into the country.

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