Kuwait Bans DSLR Cameras

first_imgIf you’re planning a trip to Kuwait, don’t take your DSLR Camera. The country’s Ministry of information, Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Ministry of Finance have all effectively banned the cameras in Kuwait, making it illegal to use DSLRs in public places unless you can prove that you’re a journalist and using the camera for journalistic purposes. The ban has left a number of people – mostly outside of the country – confused as to what precipitated the ban, since small compact cameras are still legal, as are cell phone cameras, but there’s naturally going to be a chilling effect as tourists and the general public in the country simply decide not to use their cameras instead of try to explain to the authorities that their specific camera is legal. There’s no official word from the Kuwaiti government on why they banned DSLRs in the first place, or what the effect will be on photographers or artists in the country who want to take photos in public, but if you’re planning a trip to the middle eastern country, what your airline’s baggage handlers will do with your DSLR should be the least of your worries now. [via The Next Web]last_img