Expats with new IDs face problems at airports, banks

Kuwait City: Expatriates spending their summer holiday in EU countries are reportedly facing problems due to the new civil ID system after the residency sticker on the passport was cancelled.

They said passport officials in those countries refused to let them depart because the civil ID does not carry the words “residency ID” and does not indicate an expiry date.

Other expats said they contacted the emergency lines of Kuwaiti embassies, who called the airports to tell them about the new system and allow the expats to board the aircraft.

Meanwhile, expats face another problem in Kuwait with regards to changing names on the ID, as the civil information mentions the first and last names in Latin, which banks reject and do not update their data, which is done annually.

Some expats said that while at the bank to update their data, employees reject the ID because the Latin name is only of two parts, which is contrary to the updating systems which call for the agreement of the Arabic name with that of the Latin one, which must be of four parts, according to Kuwait Times.

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