Gulf states look at clinical screening at airports to stop gays from entering

2013-10-09 16:02

Cape Town joins global kiss-in protest

2013-08-23 16:39

VIDEO: Members and supporters of Cape Town’s LGBT community rallied against Russia’s anti-gay law by staging a kiss-in protest. Watch.WATCH

Expatriates looking to enter Kuwait and other Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) could be subjected to medical tests in an attempt to "detect" if they're homosexual or not.

The Independent reports that a central committee, tasked with the status of expatriates, will view the proposal on November 11.

If approved, routine clinical screenings of expatriates entering GCC would be introduced at airports. But the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, Al Rai has at this point not disclosed what the procedures to assess somebody's LGBT status would entail exactly. Rai believes these new "stricter measures", over and above the general health tests of all expatriates wanting to re-enter, would keep gays out of the country.

Being homosexual is illegal in more than 70 countries, with Russia having passed anti-gay laws earlier this year. Homosexuality carries the death penalty in a handful of countries, among them Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Read more on:    travel international

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.