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Biometric Fingerprinting Made Mandatory for Citizens and Residents in Kuwait

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Published on February 23, 2024, 08:58:02


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Kuwait's Ministry of Interior has announced a significant update regarding security measures, introducing mandatory biometric fingerprinting for all citizens and residents.

Effective March 1, 2024, individuals have a three-month window until June 1, 2024, to complete this process. Failure to comply within this timeframe will result in the suspension of all Ministry of Interior transactions.
To facilitate the fingerprinting procedure, the Ministry has established several centers across the country, including at border crossings, Kuwait International Airport, and key commercial complexes. These centers aim to ensure accessibility for Kuwaiti citizens, GCC nationals, and residents alike.

Specific locations designated for fingerprinting include:

Hawalli Security Directorate in Hawalli Governorate
Farwaniya Security Directorate in Farwaniya Governorate
Al Ahmadi Security Directorate in Al-Ahmadi Governorate
Mubarak Al Kabeer Security Directorate in Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate
Al Jahra Security Directorate in Al-Jahra Governorate (for citizens and GCC countries citizens)
Personality Investigation Department, Corporate Fingerprinting, in the Ali Sabah Al Salem area
Identity Investigation Department fingerprints companies in the Jahra area (for residents)
Designated commercial complexes: Avenues Mall, 360 Mall, Al Kout Mall, Capital Mall, and Ministries Complex

While travellers are exempt from immediate fingerprinting upon departure, they must undergo the process upon their return to Kuwait. Residents are strongly encouraged to comply promptly to avoid any inconvenience or disruption to their Ministry of Interior transactions.

The initiative underscores the government's commitment to enhancing security measures and underscores the importance of biometric data in identity verification processes.

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