Kuwait extends grace period for visa violators till March 2
The Minister of Interior, Thamer Al Ali Al Sabah, announced that the grace period for visa violators will be extended until March 2. The decision comes a few days before the scheduled grace period was supposed to end on January 31.
In a Tweet, the Ministry of Interior said that the decision will go into effect from February 1 until March 2. The grace period has been extended due to several factors from the closure of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) for two weeks to the disruption of flights due to lockdown measures around the world.
Once the deadline of the grace period ends in March, it will be almost a year since Kuwait initiated its first grace period which was introduced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
The first grace period was supposed to end in May but the Ministry extended the grace period, as governmental agencies remained shut, therefore announcing that expats were permitted to extend their residency permits and visits visas for another three months, until end of August.
A third grace period was announced, which was planned to end on November 30, but then a few days before the planned date the Ministry pushed the deadline to December 31.
Thamer Al Ali, the newly appointed Minister of Interior, announced at the end of December that the deadline has been pushed until January 31 and urged all residents to renew their status before the date.