Gulf nations to “test” and ban gay travellers

Kuwait and others to start medical tests at borders



Gay business and leisure travellers will have to think twice before venturing to Kuwait and other Gulf nations in future. A health official in Kuwait says the nations will soon start testing travellers to find out their sexuality before they can enter the country.

How and where such “medical” tests will be made is not clear clear, but Kuwait’s public health director Yousouf Mindkar says the tests are imminent.

Homosexuality is illegal in Kuwait and other Middle East countries such as Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

“Health centres conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of expatriates when they come into the [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries,” Mindkar told local publication Al Rai, according to the UK newspaper Daily Mail. “However, we will take stricter measures that help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states.”

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[pictured: Conference Center, Bayan Palace, Kuwait City; photo courtesy The White House, USA]