A weekend at a beachfront resort in Kuwait now comes with a DNA test

The Regency Hotel Kuwait
The Regency Hotel Kuwait

Even in turbulent times the Middle East offers some extraordinary opportunities for lavish travel. But unfortunately, visiting Kuwait just got a lot more difficult.

Later this year, the Persian Gulf nation will require all “citizens, temporary residents and tourists” to submit DNA samples to a $400 million security database, according to the New York Post.

Kuwait’s National Assembly passed the law last July – a month after an ISIS attack rocked the nation.

“We are prepared to approve anything needed to boost security measures in the country,” Jamal al-Omar, a parliament member, told Agence France-Presse.

And don’t think you can skirt the law, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard style. Refusing to provide saliva or blood samples could land you in jail for a year and with a $33,000 fine. And providing false DNA could get you seven years in prison.

The country has at least seven five star hotels and resorts – some of which are truly stunning – but we are guessing that it will soon be all too easy to get a room.