Kuwait warns citizens traveling to the U.S. to check their phones and laptops to ensure they do not contain any material that could be linked to extremist groups, according to Washington Post
The official Kuwait News Agency reported Saturday that the Kuwaiti Embassy to Washington also urged citizens to “cooperate fully” with American airport officials seeking access to their devices.
It warns that immigration officials could interrogate Kuwaitis and cancel entry visas if extremist photos, videos or other materials are found.
The warning comes after Kuwaiti media reported that three Kuwaitis were refused entry to the U.S. earlier this year.
The Arabic language al-Rai newspaper reported in July that three businessmen were questioned for 21 hours at Los Angeles airport and had their telephones checked before they were turned back, in the second incident of its kind this year.
According to The Telegraph, the United Arab Emirates, another close Gulf Arab ally of the United States, told its male citizens in July to avoid wearing traditional white robes and head dress when travelling abroad, after a businessman was wrestled to the ground at an Avon, Ohio hotel and held as an Islamic State suspect.
Kuwait is a U.S. ally that hosts American troops taking part in operations against the Islamic State militant group.