KUWAIT CITY, Jan 18: The Citizenship and Travel Documents Department affi liated to the Ministry of Interior is considering to put in place a new mechanism to issue travel documents or passports for bedoun for one-time travel to specifi c destinations, reports Al-Anba daily quoting security sources.
The same sources said this comes following a decision to issue e-passports to citizens. The source added, the decision will help the bedoun to go overseas for medical treatment, study or perform umrah. According to some reliable sources, no coordination has been reached with some Arab and Asian countries to allow the bedoun holding such travel documents or passports to enter their countries since they are different from the e-passports.
The source said the Interior Ministry and other senior offi cials are against the idea of issuing the bedoun the e-passports. However, the source said e-passports can still be issued to a limited category of bedoun such as those who are in dire need of travelling to Europe. The source added the e-passports will also be given for those bedoun who serve in the military and those are sent overseas for medical treatment at government expense.