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April 25, 2016

Before the end of the year, visitors to Kuwait—as well as citizens and expats—will need to submit DNA at the International Airport before entering the country. Officials insist that the test is being used “to fight crime and terrorism,” not to test for “lineage,” ascertain certain “genealogical” or “medical” factors, or infringe on privacy, according to an article in the Kuwait Times.

The Points Guy pointed out that those flying into Kuwait International Airport and on to another destination will not be asked to take the DNA test. Only those entering the country will be required to provide “a few drops of blood” or a saliva swab.

Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.

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