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Kuwait is a fascinating country to visit with its remarkable historical and modern landmarks that are accompanied by spectacular natural sceneries all around. The country is situated in western Asia, in the most northern part of the Persian Gulf, bordering Iraq and Saudi Arabia with a population of more than four million.
Through our Kuwait Visa Guide, you will learn everything you need to know about the visa policy of Kuwait regarding various nationalities across the globe, different types of visas, specific requirements, visa sponsorships, visa fees, and many more. Before your visa application to Kuwait, it is essential to have a scheduled flight ticket at hand. You can visit our Kuwait Flight Ticket page to buy one and enjoy our amazing prices.
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Kuwait has many bilateral or multilateral visa agreements with different countries all over the world that eliminates lengthy visa processes. Citizens of listed countries below are allowed to stay in Kuwait without a visa or can apply for an e-visa, given that they do not take up employment.
*Citizens of GCC countries are eligible for a visa-free entry to Kuwait.
Countries that are not listed above have to apply for a visa beforehand to visit Kuwait through its embassies or outsourced visa companies.
We covered Kuwait visa types that vary depending on the duration and purpose of the stay.
Depending on your purpose of visit that is limited to 90 days or less in a 180 days period to Kuwait; it is possible for you to obtain one of the following visa types.
A Kuwait touristic visa issued for individuals or groups who wish to visit Kuwait for sightseeing purposes. It is possible to obtain a Kuwait tourist visa through consulates, online e-visa system, authorized businesses, or travel agencies.
A Kuwait business or fair participation visa is granted for individuals who are planning to visit the country for business-related purposes such as meetings, events, business fairs, or unpaid trainings without labor or gainful employment. In order to get the visa, the applicant must have a sponsor that can provide documents including but not limited to a guarantee letter clearly stating the purpose of visit, commercial information regarding both receiving and invited businesses, and filled security forms.
A Kuwait family, relative, or friend visit visa is issued for individuals who wish to visit a family member or a friend residing in Kuwait. In order to get the visa, it is required for applicants to include an invitation letter from the person whom you are visiting in addition to other necessary sponsorships documents such as proof of relationship and salary certificates.
A Kuwait cultural, sports, or conference visit visa is granted for individuals or groups that are going to attend a cultural event or activity held in Kuwait. An invitation from the receiving association and confirmation documents from the sending association must be included in the application.
A Kuwait short-term education or internship visa is issued for students who intended to study in the country for educational purposes. The applicant has to provide documents including but not limited to sufficient means of subsistence, proof of adequate accommodation as well as an admission letter from the receiving institution.
Kuwait category D visas are required for stays that exceed a three month period with varying purposes in Kuwait even if the applicant’s nationality is on the visa-free list and they are not to be confused with permanent residence permits. It is possible for you to apply for a long-term visa to Kuwait if you are one of the following:
A Kuwait transit visa is asked from individuals whose nationality is not eligible to transit another destination from Kuwait and if the individual is going to stay in the country for more than 24 hours. The visa authorizes the individual to travel a third country from the territory of Kuwait and can be issued for up to seven days.
In order to successfully obtain a Kuwait visa, it is important to be prepared and gather all the necessary information regarding your nationality and purpose of visit beforehand. There are certain stages to obtain a Kuwait visa:
Certain nationalities mentioned above can apply a Kuwait touristic visa through its online visa system. Fill out the required information including details of your passport and upload necessary documents. Wait for your application to be processed.
Check Your Application Online
You can trace your Kuwait visa application with the provided reference number from here. If your application is approved, you will be notified via email. You should print the confirmation document and bring it with you when you travel to Kuwait.
You are required to present the following documents to the relevant consulate if your nationality is not eligible for a visa-free entry or e-visa to Kuwait:
There are additionally required or supporting documents from certain applicants:
Visa sponsorship is required in Kuwait if the applicant cannot cover his/her expenses for educational or touristic purposes by own in the duration of the stay. A sponsor could be a parent, sibling, other relatives, or a friend. The required documents from the sponsor are:
If you are planning to visit Kuwait with for visiting or business purposes, it is also required for you to have a sponsor who is a citizen or resident in Kuwait. Keep in mind that there might be additionally asked supporting documents while applying for a visa with a sponsorship. You can check our website for more details about visa sponsorships.
There are many countries across the globe can enter Kuwait without a visa or can apply for one through an online visa application system. In order to obtain a Kuwait visa you need to take consideration of following visa rules:
Citizens of Schengen countries should not have any problems while entering Kuwait since they are eligible for an e-visa and visa on arrival to the country.
Citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada can enter Kuwait without a visa if:
Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia) nationals can enter Kuwait without a visa even if they do not have passports. However, holders of permanent or temporary residence permits issued by GCC states are subject to a visa to visit Kuwait and can apply for a visa online. GCC residents can obtain a Kuwait visa for up to 90 days, only touristic purposes. Required documents from GCC residents are:
After the application is approved, the applicant will receive the visa through e-mail and expected to present it at the border control.
Israel citizens, permanent or temporary Israel residents cannot visit Kuwait, excluding certain circumstances that require special permissions.
Although there is not an official law banning Ethiopia citizens from entering the country, Kuwait does not issue visas to the citizens of Ethiopia.
Kuwait short-stay visa types listed below exclusively include the visa. Keep in mind that there might be additional payments expected from the applicant such as consular fees, service fees of the outsourced visa companies, or application form fees.
The current Kuwait visa fees valid as of March 2020 are as follows:
|Single Entry Tourism Visa||3 KD|
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
A Kuwait e-visa is commonly issued within two business days and sent to the applicant by email. In extreme situations, the processing time could take up to two weeks.
Previous nationalities or visited states do not affect your visa application to Kuwait, excluding Israel. If you are visited Israel or possess an Israeli stamp on your travel document, it will be much difficult for you to get a visa to Kuwait.
If you are applied for a Kuwait visa through its online visa system, it is possible for you to check your visa status with the reference number given to you and your passport number from here.
Your application might be rejected without refunds for a number of reasons including invalid insurance, insufficient proof of financial subsistence, incorrect information, or lack of accommodation proof. You can appeal a denial or apply again if the application is rejected.
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