‘Abide by laws and regulations in the country’
BERLIN, June 6, (KUNA): The Kuwaiti Consulate in Germany (Frankfurt) issued new instructions Wednesday to Kuwaitis wishing to travel to Germany for medical treatment or tourism. In a statement by Kuwaiti Consulate in Germany to KUNA, these instructions come in the interest of the safety of Kuwaiti citizens wishing to visit Germany and to avoid any problems during travel and residence.
The consulate stressed the need for citizens wishing to visit Germany to abide by the laws and regulations in the country, stressing that they are ready to provide assistance to Kuwaiti citizens. According to the statement, those citizens who wish to travel to Germany as their first station ought to obtain the (Schengen) visa from the German Embassy only.
Those who wish to travel to Germany for medical treatment, they need to issue a treatment visa from the German Embassy to avoid legal accountability by the German authorities and thus facilitate the procedures for extending the residence after that request, the statement mentioned. The consulate also stressed the need to ascertain the date of the beginning of the visa, where the German authorities prevent entry into its territory before the date of the beginning of the visa.
The validity of the Schengen visa does not entitle the holder to stay for more than 90 days continuously, although the validity of the visa is one year or more. The visa holder must leave Germany and the Schengen area before 90 days, the statement said. The statement called on transit passengers to any countries of the world except the European Union through Frankfurt Airport to obtain a Schengen visa if they have long transit hours and want to stay at the airport hotel before traveling to their last destination as the German authorities do not allow the hotel to permit those who do not carry a Schengen visa.
As for Kuwaiti nationals who hold special passports and e-diplomacy, the statement said these citizens are exempt from the Schengen visa because they can enter the Federal Republic without obtaining the visa. The consulate called on the passengers to keep the health insurance that was obtained at the time of submitting the visa for use if necessary, as this insurance can be accepted in some hospitals, medical centers and German clinics.
The consulate stressed the need for citizens to disclose when they arrive to the customs officer about the value of cash in euros or other currencies, which are estimated at 10,000 euros and above when entering or leaving German territory. And the non-disclosure of the value of those amounts will expose the passenger to “legal accountability” in addition to the imposition of German authority’s fine up to 25 percent of the total amount, according to German law.
On the other hand, the statement called on Kuwaiti citizens not to wear expensive and valuable jewelry in public places and markets, as well as not to carry large amounts of cash to avoid being exposed to thefts and replace them with credit cards.
The statement also called on Kuwaiti nationals to carry the passport during the roaming in public markets and during traveling between the German cities where the competent authorities intensify their security operations and searches for foreigners during the summer with an emphasis on keeping these documents while traveling. The statement stressed the need for Kuwaiti citizens to abide by the instructions issued by the Kuwaiti consulate in Frankfurt in addition to the German laws to avoid any problems.