Kuwaitis to get on­line visas to UK by mid 2016

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Kuwait Am­bas­sador to the United King­dom Khaled Al-Duwaisan has af­firmed that the Bri­tish author­i­ties would be­gin is­su­ing the charges-free on­line visas in the mid­dle of next year, clar­i­fy­ing that the new sys­tem would be tested this month.

In re­marks to the Ara­bic-lan­guage Kuwaiti daily news­pa­per ‘Al-An­baa’ pub­lished yes­ter­day, Am­bas­sador Duwaisan in­di­cated that there were some glitches in the new sys­tem, but the Bri­tish author­i­ties “tack­led th­ese flaws.”

The new visa sys­tem will be in ef­fect in Jan­uary, 2016, but there would be tests on sam­ples of Kuwaiti cit­i­zens plan­ning to travel to Bri­tain in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary. The am­bas­sador turned to other is­sues not­ing Kuwaiti in­vest­ments in Bri­tain stand at $50 bil­lion, a fact that de­picts the dis­tinc­tive bi­lat­eral ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

The Kuwaiti Em­bassy in Lon­don en­cour­ages Bri­tish med­i­cal cadres visit Kuwait to present their ex­per­tise for the na­tional per­son­nel, he told Al-An­baa. More­over, the em­bassy fol­lows up on cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. Sev­eral days, a cer­e­mony was held for the an­nual award grants by Sheikh Ab­dul­lah AlMubarak Foundation for the best English books about the Mid­dle East. The diplo­matic mis­sion is also in­volved in help­ing or­ga­nize Kuwaiti book fairs in Lon­don “with aim of pro­mot­ing the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety, its cul­ture, our tra­di­tions and cus­toms,” he said.

Khaled Al-Duwaisan

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