Global first: Kuwait to require DNA sample for all entering tourists, visitors

Global first: Kuwait to require DNA sample for all entering tourists, visitors
Welcome to Kuwait -- and open wide for the DNA sample, please. (Image: Screen grab of Kuwait tourism video via YouTube)

[Ed. – If only they’d thought of that before Saddam invaded in 1990.  And yes, it does seem like it will be a deterrent to visiting Kuwait.  But that will affect mainly South Asians; Kuwait isn’t a big destination for “tourists” from elsewhere.]

All visitors and tourists to Kuwait will now have to submit to a DNA test and be DNA tagged before they’re allowed to enter the Persian Gulf state.

In a world first, Kuwait wants to DNA “tag” everybody in, as well as entering the country with the new DNA legislation that will become law this year.

The Kuwait government says the forced DNA testing won’t affect people’s personal freedom and privacy but will be done to keep track of people and to help if they commit crimes.

Tourists and visitors to Kuwait will get their DNA taken through specimens of saliva or a few drops of blood done at a special DNA testing facility at the airport.

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