Do You Need Visa to Visit Kuwait?

Do You Need Visa to Visit Kuwait? Check It Out!

Visa Types

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Kuwait

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Kuwait

There are the following types of visas for Kuwait:

  • Short-term Visa
  • Long-term Visa
  • Transit Visa
  • E-visa
  • On Arrival Visa

You can realize your planned trip to Kuwait by obtaining a Kuwait Visa. If you overstay your visa validity, you have to pay a fee of 10 KD per day, which is about 30 USD. You will not be allowed to leave the country until you pay the entire fee.

Kuwait E-visa

Kuwait E-visa

Kuwait E-visa is an online way to obtain a visa to realize a trip to Kuwait.

After completing the online application form and payment of the processing fee, you will receive your e-visa by email within 2-5 working days, depending on the visa processing status you have chosen.

You can print it out and bring it with you to show it to the Immigration Officers at the port of entry in Kuwait.

 

1. If you are from one of the following countries, you are eligible for the Kuwait E-visa:

Andorra

Croatia

Greece

Lithuania

Portugal

Sweden

Australia

Cyprus

Hungary

Luxembourg

Romania

Switzerland

Austria

Czech

Iceland

Malaysia

San Marino

The People's Republic of China -Hong Kong

Belgium

Denmark

Ireland

Malta

Serbia

Turkey

Bhutan 

Estonia

Italy

Monaco

Singapore

Ukraine

Brunei

Finland

Japan

Netherlands

Slovakia

United Kingdom

Bulgaria

France

Laos

New Zealand

Slovenia

United States

Cambodia

Georgia

Latvia

Norway

South Korea

Vatican

Canada

Germany

Liechtenstein

Poland

Spain

 

 

2. GCC Residents are eligible for Kuwait E-visa

  • GCC Countries:
    • Kuwait
    • Bahrain
    • Qatar
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Oman

GCC Resident’s profession should be one of the following if he/she applies for E-visa:

  • Consultants       
  • Doctors
  • Engineers           
  • Lawyers
  • Judges & Members of Public Prosecution
  • University Teachers
  • Press & Media Staff
  • Pilots
  • System Analysts & Computer Programmers
  • Managers
  • Businessmen
  • Diplomatic Corps
  • University Graduates – Owners, Managers, and Representatives of Commercial Companies and Establishments

 

Required Documents for Kuwait E-visa

 

1. Passport

  • Copy of your passport’s bio page
  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.

2. GCC Residency (if any)

  • The validity of GCC Residency must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date

3. Sponsor’s GCC Residency (if any)

  • A copy of the GCC Sponsor residence should be submitted along with each e-Visa submission for all dependents, i.e.: (spouse, children, domestic labor, etc.).

*You will provide your personal information on the website.

 

Processing Time for Kuwait E-visa

The average processing time for a Kuwait E-visa is 2-5 working days.

 

Kuwait E-visa Fee

Kuwait E-visa fee is 10 USD.

 

Where to Apply for Kuwait E-visa?

You can apply to Kuwait E-visa through this website.

Kuwait On Arrival Visa

Kuwait On Arrival Visa

You can obtain a Kuwait On Arrival visa on the border of Kuwait. If you are from one of the eligible countries, you can also travel to Kuwait without a visa and apply for one when you arrive.

 

Eligible countries for Kuwait on Arrival Visa:

Andorra

Croatia

Greece

Lithuania

Portugal

Sweden

Australia

Cyprus

Hungary

Luxembourg

Romania

Switzerland

Austria

Czech

Iceland

Malaysia

San Marino

The People's Republic of China -Hong Kong

Belgium

Denmark

Ireland

Malta

Serbia

Turkey

Bhutan 

Estonia

Italy

Monaco

Singapore

Ukraine

Brunei

Finland

Japan

Netherlands

Slovakia

United Kingdom

Bulgaria

France

Laos

New Zealand

Slovenia

United States

Cambodia

Georgia

Latvia

Norway

South Korea

Vatican

Canada

Germany

Liechtenstein

Poland

Spain

 

 

Required Documents for Kuwait on Arrival Visa

 

1. Passport

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

2. Proof of Accommodation

  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • In case of staying at a private house, submit a copy of the house owner’s resident card (both front and backside) and fill out the address on the application form.

3. Sufficient Financial Resources

  • Proof that you can sustain yourself financially

4. Documents Relating to your Purpose of Visit

  • Such as Business Invitation Letter

5. Flight Ticket

  • Kuwait on Arrival visa is only available for those who travel by airplane

 

Kuwait On Arrival Visa Fee

Kuwait on arrival visa fee is 10 USD. You will pay the fee before entering Kuwait.

Kuwait Short-term Visa

If you are not eligible for e-Visa, you can also apply for traditional paper visas for realizing your short-term travel to Kuwait. Reasons to apply for this type of visa can be tourism, visiting family or friends, business trips, short-term education, exchange programs, short-term work, and many other non-permanent nuances. You can check all the required documents for each type of visa application, visa fees, processing time, and where to apply for a visa below.

Almost all nationalities, excluding GCC residents, need visas to enter Kuwait. Technically, the visa application is made by the sponsor who is responsible for the foreigner when he/she is in Kuwait.

Individuals wishing to visit Kuwait for a short period need a visitor’s permit to be procured by the applicant’s sponsor.

 


 

Kuwait Tourist Visa

Kuwait Tourist visa is issued for applicants intending to visit Kuwait for tourism and sightseeing. You can apply for a Kuwait Tourist visa in order to realize your tourist activities. There are two ways of obtaining a Kuwait Tourist visa:

If you will stay in a hotel:

  • It's the hotel that's going to arrange a visa. You will get a copy of your visa via fax, and the original will be stamped on your passport when you arrive in Kuwait.

If you are invited by a Kuwaiti resident, there are two ways of continuing:

  • Either the person welcoming you arranges a visa and sends a copy of the visa to the consulate by fax (the original will be stamped on your passport when you arrive)
  • Or sends an invitation letter to the consulate by fax, and it is the consulate that will issue the visa after receiving the approval of the Ministry of Interior of Kuwait (this process takes 7-10 days).

The visa application must be sponsored by a Kuwaiti person or corporation.

 

Required Documents for Kuwait Tourist Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. Proof of Accommodation

  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • In case of staying at a private house, submit a copy of the house owner’s resident card (both front and backside) and fill out the address on the application form.

7. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements, personal property, assets, etc

8. Flight Ticket

  • Round trip ticket

9. Invitation Letter

  • In case, if the applicant will stay with friends/relatives

10. Sponsorship Letter

  • A supporting letter from a Kuwaiti sponsor

11. Vaccination Certificate

  • If the foreign national comes from a country or an area that has been infected with a viral disease, such as yellow fever or cholera

12. Health Insurance

  • Proof of health insurance for the stay in Kuwait

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Kuwait Tourist Visa

The average processing time for a Kuwait Tourist visa is 2-10 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Kuwait Tourist Visa Fee

Kuwait Tourist visa fee is 10-340 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Kuwait Tourist Visa?

Kuwait Tourist visa will be obtained to you by your sponsor in Kuwait, and the sponsor will send the visa to you.

In case you are required to apply for the Kuwait Tourist visa yourself, you will apply for a Kuwait Tourist visa in Kuwait visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Kuwait Business Visa

Kuwait Business Visa allows its holder to engage in business-related activities such as attending meetings or conferences, conducting or attending the training, conducting internal audits, installing equipment, or performing other temporary services for a client, local affiliate, or branch office.

If you want to get a Business Visa from a company that invites you, you can arrange a visa and get it at the airport. If the company does not arrange a visa, you can get your business visa directly at the airport in case you are eligible for on arrival visa. (take your letter of invitation with you).

The visa application must be sponsored by a Kuwaiti person or corporation.

 

Required Documents for Kuwait Business Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. Proof of Accommodation

  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • In case of staying at a private house, submit a copy of the house owner’s resident card (both front and backside) and fill out the address on the application form.

7. Invitation Letter

  • A copy of the sponsor’s invitation letter, stating the purpose of the visit.

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Sponsor’s Business

  • A copy of the sponsor’s signature as registered for business purposes

10. Health Insurance

  • Proof of health insurance for the stay in Kuwait

11. Flight Ticket

  • Flight Ticket Reservation

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Kuwait Business Visa

The average processing time for a Kuwait Business visa is 2-10 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Kuwait Business Visa Fee

Kuwait Business visa fee is 10-340 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Kuwait Business Visa?

Kuwait Business visa will be obtained to you by your sponsor in Kuwait, and the sponsor will send the visa to you.

In case you are required to apply for the Kuwait Business visa yourself, you will apply for a Kuwait Business visa in Kuwait visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Kuwait Family Visit Visa

Kuwait Family visit visa allows you to travel to Kuwait for visiting your family or friends who are legally residing in Kuwait, up to the expiration date of your visa validity. The visa application must be sponsored by a Kuwaiti person or corporation.

 

Required Documents for Kuwait Family Visit Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. Proof of Kinship

  • Proof of relationship between the applicant and a family member:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Birth certificate etc.

7. Copy of ID Card of Sponsor (the family who resides in Kuwait)

  • Proof of civil status of the family who resides in Kuwait

8. Recent Salary Certificate/Proof of Sponsor (the family member of the applicant who resides in Kuwait)

9. Proof of Visit

         If visiting: close relatives - spouse, children, parents (including guardians), grandparents:

  • Letter of invitation
    • It must be official. A scanned version is accepted at the time of application, but it is advisable to send the original by mail as the original will be required at the border.
  • Documents proving kinship
  • A document confirming the status of the inviting person in Kuwait
  • If the invitee stays at the inviting person’s home, documents about the house (contract, payment for utilities, etc.)

         If visiting other relatives or friends:

  • Invitation letter
    • It must be official. A scanned version is accepted at the time of application, but it is advisable to send the original by mail as the original will be required at the border.
  • Documents proving kinship (if any)
  • If the invitee stays at the inviting person’s home, documents about the house (contract, payment for utilities, etc.)

10. For Minors:

  • Birth certificate or copy of the family book and travel authorization signed by the holder(s) of parental authority in the forms required under local law, along with a copy of his/her/their identity document (if the minor is not traveling with his/her parents or guardian
  • Letter of consent from parent/s or legal guardian/s, if traveling unaccompanied

11. Health Insurance

  • Proof of health insurance for the stay in Kuwait

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Kuwait Family Visit Visa

The average processing time for a Kuwait Family Visit visa is 2-10 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Kuwait Family Visit Visa Fee

Kuwait Family Visit visa fee is 10-340 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Kuwait Family Visit Visa?

Kuwait Family Visit visa will be obtained to you by your sponsor in Kuwait, and the sponsor will send the visa to you.

In case you are required to apply for the Kuwait Family Visit visa yourself, you will apply for a Kuwait Family Visit visa in Kuwait visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Kuwait Cultural, Sports or Conference Visa

The Kuwait Cultural/Sports/Conference Visa enables entry to Kuwait for individuals or groups that are going to attend a cultural event or activity held in Kuwait. The visa application must be sponsored by a Kuwaiti person or corporation.

 

Required Documents for Kuwait Cultural/Sports/Conference Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. Travel Itinerary

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

7. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

8. Invitation Letter

  • Invitation Letter from the receiving association

9. Confirmation Letter

  • Confirmation Letter from the sending association

10. Health Insurance

  • Proof of health insurance for the stay in Kuwait

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Kuwait Cultural/Sports/Conference Visa

The average processing time for a Kuwait Cultural/Sports/Conference Visa is 2-10 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Kuwait Cultural/Sports/Conference Visa Fee

Kuwait Cultural/Sports/Conference Visa fee is 10-340 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Kuwait Cultural/Sports/Conference Visa?

Kuwait Cultural/Sports/Conference visa will be obtained to you by your sponsor in Kuwait, and the sponsor will send the visa to you.

In case you are required to apply for the Kuwait Cultural/Sports/Conference visa yourself, you will apply for a Kuwait Cultural/Sports/Conference visa in Kuwait visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

 

Kuwait Study/Internship Visa (Short-term)

Kuwait Study/Internship Visa (Short-term) is granted to you to undertake trips to Kuwait for study or educational training. The visa application must be sponsored by a Kuwaiti person or corporation.

 

Required Documents for Study/Internship Visa (Short-term)

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. Flight Ticket

  • Flight reservation

7. Means of Subsistence

  • Proof of sufficient financial resources

8. Proof of Accommodation

  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • In case of staying at a private house, submit a copy of the house owner’s resident card (both front and backside) and fill out the address on the application form.

9. Admission Letter

  • An admission letter from the receiving institution

10. Proof of Professional Status

  • For example, employment contract, certificate of employment, extract from the trade and companies’ register, school attendance certificate, proof of pension

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Kuwait Study/Internship Visa (Short-term)

The average processing time for a Kuwait Study/Internship Visa (Short-term) is 2-10 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Kuwait Study/Internship Visa (Short-term) Fee

Kuwait Study/Internship Visa (Short-term) fee is 10-340 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Kuwait Study/Internship Visa (Short-term)?

Kuwait Study/Internship Visa (Short-term) visa will be obtained to you by your sponsor in Kuwait, and the sponsor will send the visa to you.

In case you are required to apply for the Kuwait Study/Internship Visa (Short-term) visa yourself, you will apply for a Kuwait Study/Internship Visa (Short-term) visa in Kuwait visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Kuwait Transit Visa

Kuwait Transit Visa

Kuwait Transit Visa will be granted to travelers whose itinerary includes a stop-over in the territory of Kuwait. If you stay in Kuwait for more than 24 hours, you need a Kuwait Transit Visa. Transit visa is valid for a maximum stay of 7 days. If you’re an international truck driver, you will be able to obtain multiple Kuwait Transit visa. Transit visa can be obtained from a Kuwait Consulate/Embassy abroad or a Port Authority.

 

Required Documents for Kuwait Transit Visa

 

1. Valid Visa for the Next Country

2. Flight Ticket

  • Confirmed onward ticket

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Kuwait Transit Visa

The average processing time for a Kuwait Transit visa is 2-10 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Kuwait Transit Visa Fee

Kuwait Transit visa fee is 6-85 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

Kuwait Long-term Visa

Kuwait long-term visas are issued to persons wishing to obtain a long-term residence or permanent residence permit in Kuwait.

 


 

Kuwait Family Reunion Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Kuwait for a longer period. This visa applies to family members of Kuwait nationals and wishing to obtain a permit for long-term residence in Kuwait. To obtain a Kuwait Family Reunion visa, it is compulsory that the husband earns at least 450 KD (1.500 USD) monthly (in case of possessing a 17-visa) and at least 650 KD (2.150 USD) monthly (in case of possessing an 18-visa). If both man and wife work in Kuwait, they can sponsor their children there but only if their salaries combined exceed 350 KD (1.160 USD) monthly.

The visa application must be sponsored by a Kuwaiti person or corporation.

 

There are some cases about family reunion visa:

  1. The husband cannot be sponsored by the wife.
  2. While you can sponsor adult daughters and parents, you can't sponsor your sons over 21 years of age.
  3. Dependent family members will not be allowed to work until they have converted to a Kuwaiti work visa.

 

Required Documents for Kuwait Family Reunion Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. If applicable;

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce certificate
  • Certificate of registered partnership
  • Certificate of dissolution of a registered partnership
  • Adoption papers
  • Evidence or certificate concerning the family relationship
  • Death certificate

7. Copy of the Dependent’s passport

8. Copy of Dependent’s ID Card

9. Salary Certificate

  • The sponsor’s salary certificate

10. Proof of Accommodation

  • Proof of accommodation includes a tenancy agreement or certificate of ownership of a family member living in Kuwait.

11. Means of Subsistence

  • Proof of sufficient financial means, such as bank statements.

12. Proof of Professional Status

  • For example, employment contract, certificate of employment, extract from the trade and companies’ register, school attendance certificate, proof of pension

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Kuwait Family Reunion Visa

The average processing time for a Kuwait Family Reunion visa is 15-60 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Kuwait Family Reunion Visa Fee

Kuwait Family Reunion visa fee is 35-665 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Private Sector Employees:

During the first year for wife and the 2 first children:

  • 100 KD (331 USD)

Remaining children:

  • 200 KD (661 USD)

 

Public Sector Employees:

During the first year for wife and the 2 first children

  • 10 KD (34 USD)

Remaining children

  • 100 KD (331 USD)

 

Where to Apply for Kuwait Family Reunion Visa?

Kuwait Family Reunion visa will be obtained to you by your sponsor in Kuwait, and the sponsor will send the visa to you.

In case you are required to apply for the Kuwait Family Reunion visa yourself, you will apply for a Kuwait Family Reunion visa in Kuwait visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Kuwait Work Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Kuwait for a longer period. This visa applies for those who want to work within the legal frame of employment upon taking an employment permit and the work permit as per appointed procedure from competent regional authorities. The visa application must be sponsored by a Kuwaiti person or corporation.

The sponsor needs to apply for the Work Visa from the Ministry of Social Affairs & Labour in Kuwait. The sponsor must submit your personal details in order to make use of this permit. You will have to send a copy of your passport to your sponsor, which they will have to show to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor. The NOC (No Objection Certificate) must be used by the General Administration of Criminal Investigation at the Ministry of the Interior. After the sponsor receives the work visa/permit, he has to send the same to you along with the NOC. Employees for private sector companies are required to have NOCs and a copy of the employer's authorized signatory registered for business purposes.

 

Required Documents for Kuwait Work Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. HIV test (AIDS test)

7. Health Certificate

  • Obtained from a local doctor who certifies that the applicant is in good health and free of contagious diseases.

8. Criminal Record

  • Police clearance that shows no criminal record

9. Flight Reservation

  • One way flight ticket

10. Proof of Accommodation

  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • In case of staying at a private house, submit a copy of the house owner’s resident card (both front and backside) and fill out the address on the application form.

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Kuwait Work Visa

The average processing time for a Kuwait Work visa is 15-60 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Kuwait Work Visa Fee

Kuwait Work visa fee is 35-665 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Kuwait Work Visa?

Kuwait Work visa will be obtained to you by your sponsor in Kuwait, and the sponsor will send the visa to you.

In case you are required to apply for the Kuwait Work visa yourself, you will apply for a Kuwait Work visa in Kuwait visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Kuwait Student Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Kuwait for a longer period. This visa applies to those who are admitted to the state college or state university in Kuwait. Kuwait Student Visa will be issued to you by the university in Kuwait, and the university will send the visa.

 

Required Documents for Kuwait Student Visa

 

 1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. Proof of Visit

  • Original Letter of Acceptance by the Kuwait Education Institution, including details of the course, duration, and fees with proof of payment.

7. Confirmed University Admission

  • Admission letter issued by an educational institution (school/college/university) accredited in Kuwait
    • Must state language of instruction
    • Must contain the start and end dates of the course

8. Sufficient Financial Resources

  • Financial resources prove that you have enough money to cover your living expenses in Kuwait

9. Cover Letter by Sponsor

  • A cover letter which is explaining the course by the sponsor

10. Health Certificate

  • Obtained from a local doctor who certifies that the applicant is in good health and free of contagious diseases.

11. Criminal Record

  • Police clearance that shows no criminal record

12. Flight Reservation

  • One way flight ticket

13. Proof of Accommodation

  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)
  • In case of staying at a private house, submit a copy of the house owner’s resident card (both front and backside) and fill out the address on the application form.

14. Health Insurance

  • Proof of health insurance for the stay in Kuwait

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Kuwait Student Visa

The average processing time for a Kuwait Student visa is 15-60 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Kuwait Student Visa Fee

Kuwait Student visa fee is 35-665 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Kuwait Student Visa?

Kuwait Student visa will be obtained to you by your sponsor in Kuwait, and the sponsor will send the visa to you.

In case you are required to apply for the Kuwait Student visa yourself, you will apply for a Kuwait Student visa in Kuwait visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

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FAQ

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Could my previous nationality be a problem for obtaining a Kuwait visa?

Previous nationalities or visited states do not affect your visa application to Kuwait, excluding Israel. If you have visited Israel or having an Israeli stamp on your travel document, it will be difficult for you to obtain a visa to Kuwait.

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Is it mandatory to have a travel insurance?

Yes, it is recommended that you take travel insurance when you travel. Travel insurance, especially on international travel, can provide several benefits to ensure that you have a safe trip.

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How can I check my Kuwait visa status online?

If you applied for a Kuwait visa through the online visa system, you can check your visa status with the reference number given to you and your passport number from this website.

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What is the local currency in Kuwait?

The Kuwaiti Dinar is the local currency in Kuwait. 1 KD equals 3,30 USD.

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In what cases, my visa application could be rejected?

The reasons for rejections are invalid insurance, insufficient proof of financial means, incorrect information, or lack of accommodation proof. If the application is rejected, you can appeal a denial or apply again.

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What is the maximum validity of the Kuwait E-visa?

Kuwait E-visa has a maximum validity of 30 days.

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I want to travel with my kids. Does each of them need Kuwait E-visa?

Each. They also need E-visa. 

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What is the required validity of a passport for applying for Kuwait visa?

The required validity of the passport is at least 6 months.

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Do I get my fee refunded in case of my Kuwait Visa refusal?

No. The Kuwait application fee covers the handling of the application, regardless of the result.

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