Kuwait: Travel Ban for Non-Vaccinated Criticised for Being Unconstitutional
Arab Times, 4 May 2021: Several MPs have objected to the decision by the Cabinet to prevent citizens, who have not been vaccinated against COVID 19, from travelling overseas.
The MPs, including Osama Al-Shaheen, have said the decision is unconstitutional and the Prime Minister and Ministers involved in the decision should be held politically and legally accountable for it.
The Cabinet’s decision was based on the recommendation of health authorities. During the Kuwaiti government’s weekly meeting the travel ban was announced on Kuwaitis, their first-degree relatives and domestic helpers as of May 22 if they did not receive the anti-coronavirus vaccine set by the Ministry of Health.
However, the MPs state it violates international law which states individuals should not be forced to be vaccinated. The MPs also claim it is a violation of the Kuwaiti Constitution which safeguards the citizens’ freedom to travel and move.
Non-Kuwaitis are still banned from entering the country.
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