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Kuwait Visa Type

There are three types of online visas for Kuwait: tourist, transit, and business. 

These visas are designed for different purposes, and you can apply for any one of them with VisaHQ. We review their unique features and requirements in this section so you have a good idea of what you need to complete your application.

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A visa is required for this destination.

Travelers must receive a visa on arrival with an Invitation Letter from the Ministry of Interior, obtained by the host in Kuwait.

If traveling to Kuwait to visit family, the inviting party must obtain approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kuwait. The traveler must bring a copy of this approval letter when entering Kuwait and obtain visa on arrival.

These citizens are eligible for visa on arrival

Kuwait authorities issue all e-visas with Tourism type only. However, you are allowed to enter Kuwait for business visits.

Fill out Kuwait Tourist E-visa application form online

and provide digital copies of the following documents:
  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. Copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc.) In case the applicant is an F1 or H1B US visa holder, a copy of the I-94 (the I-94 is a document stapled to the passport) is required.

  • No Israeli Stamps. Passport must not contain any evidence of prior or intended travel to Israel.

  • Medical Certificate. Obtained from the local doctor certifying that the patient is in good health and free from contagious diseases. Lab test results for the following: Hepatitis B & C, Malaria, Filariasis, Syphilis and Chest X-Ray for Tuberculosis.

  • HIV Test. A copy of recent HIV blood test results performed within the last 3 months. Must be from the Kuwait, include applicant's name, address of clinic and signature from a doctor or nurse.

  • No Criminal Record. Obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), valid within three months of the issuance date of the Permit. The “No Criminal Record” has to be certified first by the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., then legalized by the Kuwaiti Embassy.

  • Work permit. A work permit issued by the Department of Labor of the country.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. Valid Passport with a minimum of two (2) years prior to expiration date and at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • HIV Test. A copy of recent HIV blood test results performed within the last 3 months. Must be from the Kuwait, include applicant's name, address of clinic and signature from a doctor or nurse.

  • Medical Certificate. Obtained from the local doctor certifying that the patient is in good health and free from contagious diseases. Lab test results for the following: Hepatitis B & C, Malaria, Filariasis, Syphilis and Chest X-Ray for Tuberculosis.

  • No Criminal Record. Obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), valid within three months of the issuance date of the Permit. The “No Criminal Record” has to be certified first by the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., then legalized by the Embassy with a $25.00 Authentication fee.

  • Family permit. The Accompany Family permit.

  • Additional documents. Children under 5 years of age must present an up-to-date schedule of essential vaccinations.

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A visa is not required for this destination.

Additional information
  • Please note:
    Upon arrival, an additional visa fee of 3KD (approximately 10 USD) may apply at the border entry point.
    Evisa is an alternative to a visa issued on arrival. Passengers travelling by air can get a tourist/visit visa issued at the airport upon arrival.
    If you are arriving by land or sea, you should obtain visas in advance from the Kuwaiti Embassy.
    On arrival in Kuwait, the immigration authorities may ask to see evidence of return or onward travel, a sponsor’s letter and hotel confirmation.
  • Employment contract is required in certain situations (travel for Government contracts). Must be signed by the prospective employer and include the details of employment in Kuwait.
  • Accompany Family Permit is required for this type of visa.

Kuwait Tourist E-visa fees for citizens of United States of America

Type of visaValidity
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Processing
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
Embassy feeService feeTaxTotal cost
90 days Single Entry
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 30 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2 business days
Embassy fee:$0.00
Service fee:$59.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$59.00
$59.00
Single entry
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 30 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2 business days
Embassy fee:$0.00
Service fee:$89.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$89.00
$89.00
Multiple entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 1 year
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10 business days
Embassy fee:$175.00
Service fee:$209.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$384.00
$384.00
Multiple entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 1 year
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10 business days
Embassy fee:$175.00
Service fee:$209.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$384.00
$384.00
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Kuwait Visa Policy

Kuwait is a Middle Eastern kingdom that attracts millions of visitors per annum, most of whom visit with valid visas. According to the current visa policy of the country, most visitors must get visas before they are allowed into the country unless they are from visa-exempt countries or eligible for a visa on arrival. 

Furthermore, they must have a passport that will stay valid for the next 6 months, but this requirement is not mandatory for citizens from GCC countries.

Kuwait Visa Exemption

Kuwait Visa-free countries that make the exemption list are fellow Gulf Cooperation Council countries whose citizens can visit without visas and passports, only ID cards. They are

  • Bahrain – Qatar – Oman – United Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia

Only citizens from these countries can enter Kuwait without visas. If you are not a citizen of any of the above GCC countries you will need to apply to a Kuwait foreign office for a visa.

Note: Visa policies change periodically so some more countries may be added to the list visa exempt list in future.

Diplomatic/Official Passport Visa Free Entry

Holders of official or diplomatic passports issued by the selected countries can enter Kuwait to perform official assignments on behalf of their government or for private organizations or NGOs.

Visa On Arrival/e Visa

Kuwait’s visa-on-arrival policy is designed for visitors from selected countries who will get visas once they arrive at the airport. These visitors only need to hold valid passports issued by their home government.  Once they arrive at Kuwait International Airport, the immigration officers at the arrival terminal will issue them a visa on arrival form to fill and will exchange the form with a valid visa. Holders of this visa can enter and stay in Kuwait for 30-90 days depending on their nationality.

Note: Citizens of Israel are banned from entering or traveling through Kuwait. This ban may be dropped at some point if both countries establish diplomatic relations in future but for now, persons with Israeli passports are not allowed into the Kingdom of Kuwait unless they are special envoys of the Israeli government.

Key Information About The Kuwait e Visa

There are a few things to bear in mind before applying for this visa, and we discuss them below.

Use Approved Routes: Although the visa allows for entry into Kuwait, you must use the approved routes. For instance, transit visitors can only enter and exit Kuwait through the airport. If you use an unapproved route, you may be denied entry.

Not For Resident or Work: This visa is not for work or permanent residency. The government allows foreign nationals who meet certain qualifications to work or settle in the country, but this is only possible if they have a work or residency visa. 

While an e-visa cannot qualify you for both, you can apply to the Kuwait embassy or consulate near you to get the visa. If you have secured a job in the country, your new employer can also help you with the process.

Valid Passport: Before you apply, make sure your passport meets the required conditions of 6 months. When evaluating your passport, you must count six months from the day you apply for the visa. If your passport will expire sooner, consider getting a new one before you apply. You should also travel with the same passport, not a different one, as the visa is linked.

Obey The Laws And Respect The Culture: Kuwait is a strictly conservative society founded on Islamic values, which may be odd for foreigners who are not from Muslim-majority countries. During your time in the country, make sure you respect the local culture and traditions at all times. Alcohol consumption in public is banned, and drug trafficking attracts capital punishment. 

To better prepare yourself for the trip, you want to learn a thing or two about the culture and traditions of the people.

Traveling With Minors: If you are traveling with minors, you will need to submit additional documents to prove that you are the parent or legal guardian. Parents must provide original copies of birth certificates, while guardians must provide proof of parental consent in the form of a notarized letter.

Non-Refundable Fee: The application fee for the visa is payable with your credit or debit card, not with cash. Also important to note is that this fee is not refundable and does not guarantee that your visa application will be approved. The fee is only meant for processing and nothing else.

Immigration Officers: The immigration officers at the entry port will ask to see your documents and will also demand answers as to why you wish to visit Kuwait. Make sure you answer honestly and clearly, as they have the right to deny visitors entry even if they hold visas.

Kuwait Visa Online – Get your Kuwait e-Visa with VisaHQ

If you are planning a short trip to Kuwait, you don’t have to visit the embassy or Consulate to apply for a visa if you are eligible for an electronic visa. VisaHQ offers you the opportunity to apply online and get your application approved within a few days. You can apply for it from the comfort of your home using our secure platform.

How To Apply For A Visa With VisaHQ

If you want to apply for a visa for Kuwait with VisaHQ, you will need to do the following.

Complete The Application Form: The first thing you must do is complete the application form on the website. You must choose the visa you want, then take your time to carefully fill out the sections. 

You must provide your full name as they appear on your passport, your passport information like the number, issue, expiry date, and travel information, including your entry and departure date.

Attach The Documents: You must upload copies of your documents. Bear in mind that the authorities will review each one, so make sure they are valid and match the information on the application form. Also, note that only valid and correct documents will be accepted. Once you are done with the form, submit it for processing.

Get Your e-Visa: In 3 days or less, the e-visa will be ready and forwarded to your email if you meet the requirements. Open your email and print out the visa for your trip. Although it is already linked to your passport, it is safe to travel with it in case of emergencies.

Why Use VisaHQ?

VisaHQ is a trusted online platform for visa applicants, and for years, many have used our resources to forward their documents to authorities for visa approvals, and you can do the same. Our application process is very easy, and you can do it yourself instead of relying on middlemen to help you. We have an extensive network of experts in six countries and across two continents who are willing to provide you with the support you need to expedite your application.

When you choose VisaHQ, you get the following.

  • Speedy application approval
  • Technical support
  • Safe and secure application
  • Save your documents for reuse in future
  • Apply for multiple applications
  • Track your Application Status

Kuwait COVID-19 travel restrictions

  • Entry is open
    All travel restrictions that were implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted by the Kuwaiti authorities.
    Prior to arrival restrictions
    Valid passport. Valid national passport with at least 6 month remaining validity after the date of departure.
    Valid visa. Please see the instructions above if you need visa and apply.

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