Kuwait To Require DNA Swabs From Tourists Entering The Country?


Kuwaiti government has passed a law that would require DNA sample from everyone in Kuwait including arriving tourists.

Kuwait DNA Swab Required

The DNA sample would likely be in the form of cheek swab when entering the country and the information would then be passed to a national database.

Here’s an excerpt from Kuwaiti Times (access the entire article here):

The DNA testing law that will go into effect this year is aimed at creating an integrated security database and does not include genealogical implications or affects personal freedoms and privacy. Senior officials told Kuwait Times that the law, the first of its kind in the world, will only be used for criminal security purposes. When the law (no. 78/2015) is applied, it will be binding on all citizens, expatriates and visitors too. A Kuwaiti security delegation had earlier visited Washington to study DNA testing systems there.

“Kuwait will have a database including DNA fingerprints of all citizens, residents and visitors. This law is the first of its kind in the world and Kuwait is the first country worldwide to apply the system.”


What could go wrong with collecting these DNA samples and right to privacy? Does anybody believe that other governments wouldn’t have access to this information?

I have already been to Kuwait and don’t have any reason to go back anytime soon especially if DNA swabs are required.