Kuwait begins recruitment of maids from Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh

New or returning domestic workers need to be registered on the Balsama app in order to travel to Kuwait

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from Kuwait hold their documents as they queue upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from Kuwait hold their documents as they queue upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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KUWAIT CITY: The recruitment of new domestic workers will start from Sunday 17th Jan 2021, Kuwaiti citizens will apply through domestic labor companies to obtain visa for the domestic workers through Ministry of Interior as the Council of Ministers allowed recruitment

Based on the decision by supreme committee to restart commercial flights from Kuwait International airport five nationalities will be allowed to enter to bring in only domestic workers by direct flights from the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

The procedures for domestic workers vary from one country to another, the most difficult process is of the Philippines where the domestic worker generally expects to finish government procedures between two to three months.

They have to sign an agreement to leave the country and do routine medical approval examinations, reports Al Anba. Some counties such as Sri Lanka have easy procedures for exit of domestic workers which takes an average of about a month.

New or returning domestic workers need to be registered on the Balsama app in order to travel to Kuwait by the sponsor and book airline tickets, institutional quarantine and make necessary payments.

The list remains unchanged currently of 35 countries which are banned entering directly to Kuwait, it is expected that the ban list will continue for some period.

It is expected on 28th Jan first flight from Sri Lanka will arrive with domestic workers. Bangladesh and Nepal will follow.

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