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09 May 16

Kuwait announces mandatory DNA tests for visitors

It emerged last week that visitors to Kuwait will not only need a passport to enter the country but to supply a DNA sample when arriving at the international airport.

Upon arrival visitors will be asked to supply either a blood or saliva sample which will be used to create a DNA profile and entered to a DNA database to be used to identify matches at crime scenes.

The measure is set to be introduced later on this year in an attempt to combat crime and terrorism with Kuwaitis and expatriates being required to supply samples too.

The Kuwait Government claim that this is the “first of its kind in the world” – will we see other Governments around the globe introduce similar preventative measures?

There have been concerns about how else the Government will use these samples, the Government have stated that the samples will be not be screened for diseases as it is against the law. As well as being used to combat crime and terrorism, the DNA samples will be used for paternity testing when required.

When this measure is introduced later on this year could it trigger other nations to look at how they can introduce into their crime prevention plans?

 

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