Last updated: 07:00 PM ET, Thu April 21 2016

Kuwait Requires Tourists to Submit DNA Samples Before Visiting

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 21, 2016

Kuwait Requires Tourists to Submit DNA Samples Before Visiting

As a result of a terrorist attack in July 2015, Kuwait is now requiring citizens, temporary residents and tourists to submit DNA samples before entering or remaining in the country.

According to, Kuwait’s National Assembly passed the DNA submission policies in July as part of a new $400 million security database. Parliament member Jamal al-Omar told the media, “We are prepared to approve anything needed to boost security measures in the country.”

For citizens of the country or temporary residents, Kuwait government officials collect saliva and blood samples and enter the results into the security database. On the other hand, tourists must submit their own DNA samples before visiting the nation.

While the idea of submitting DNA samples may be more invasive than normal security measures, breaking the rules and regulations will result in big trouble. A failure to provide DNA samples could result in up to a year in jail and a $33,000 fine.

For those who falsify DNA samples, they will face up to seven years in prison.


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