Kuwait warns against passport misuse

Authorities in Kuwait have warned Kuwaitis against exchanging their passports for money from loan sharks and pay off their gambling debts. Security sources told Kuwaiti daily Al Qabas that the authorities have noticed that Kuwaiti gamblers who lost heavily in casinos abroad and accumulated debts gave away their passports to borrow cash.

The gamblers then contacted their embassies or diplomatic missions and claimed they had lost their passports and applied for a travel document that allowed them back into Kuwait where they would apply for new passports.

Gambling is strictly forbidden in Kuwait. The authorities warned they were strict about fighting the emerging issue and warned that Kuwaitis who falsely claimed they lost their passports would have to wait for up to five months to apply for new ones, the sources added.

Source Credit: Gulf News
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