Kuwait Visa Guide

  • About requirements
    • Visa Requirements: Visa required.

      Additional Information:

      Passengers with a work permit traveling to Kuwait for the first time are required to hold an original Criminal Clearance Certificate authenticated by Kuwait Embassy in the country of residence. In case of no Kuwait Embassy in the country of residence, authentication is not required.

      Warning:

      1. Visitors not holding return/onward tickets could be refused entry.
      2. Passengers with an article-14 visa in their passport are not allowed to re-enter Kuwait with this visa even if it is still valid. The article-14 visa is an exit permit.
    • Passport Requirement: Passport required

      Document Validity: 

      1. Passport and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for minimum 6 months from the arrival date.
      2. Passports and other travel documents accepted for entry are considered valid until the day before the expiration date.

      Admission and Transit Restrictions: 

      Passengers are not allowed to enter. 

      Information 1: This does not apply to children, husbands and wives of nationals of Kuwait. 

      Information 2: This does not apply to domestic workers accompanied by nationals of Kuwait.  

      Information 3: This does not apply to passengers with a visa or an e-visa issued by Kuwait. 

  • Everything to know while applying for a Kuwait visa

    Kuwait is a tiny nation situated on the Gulf of Persia. Though it may not be as commercial or glamorous as its neighbours, it still has a certain charm and a rich history. The country has a handful of attractions that will help you create a memorable vacation. You can explore sites like the Kuwait Towers, Souk Al-Mubarakiya, Sheikh Juber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre, Al Shaheed Park, Kuwait National Museum, and Souq Sharq, to name a few.

    Since the country is located adjacent to the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Persia, there are several water activities to partake in, such as speed boating, jet skiing, water skiing, windsurfing, yachting, and scuba diving.

  • How to apply for a Kuwait visa?

    If you are planning to get a Kuwait visa, the government has made it simple for travellers. The country has introduced an e-visa, which can be applied for through their official website. This facility is available to nationals of select countries along with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) residents.

    Travellers can apply for a Kuwait e-visa if they are a resident of any of the following GCC countries: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman. Indian nationals who hold a resident card from any of the GCC countries can also apply for an e-visa for Kuwait.

  • How to track Kuwait visa application?

    You can track your Kuwait visa application status from the official website. The State of Kuwait Ministry of Interior makes it easy to check your application status, pending documents, visas, etc. You can use your visa number, or your passport number, to check the status of your visa application.

  • Types of Kuwait visa

    There are different types of Kuwait visas for visitors who wish to enter the country. These are:

    1. Tourist Visa
    2. Business Visa
    3. Transit Visa
    • Tourist Visa

      If you plan to visit the Gulf state of Kuwait as a tourist, you can apply for a tourist visa. On a single entry, the tourist is allowed to stay for 90 days. If you are eligible for an e-visa, you can apply through their site and fill in your information.

      Documents required

      • Valid passport, not older than 10 years
      • Passport must be valid for at least 90 days from the visa expiry date
      • Completed visa application form
      • Children under 18 years of age must have signatures of both parents, along with a copy of the parents’ passport
      • Bank statement of non-Kuwaiti nationals for the last six months
      • Children under 18 years of age must show their birth certificate
      • At least two to five recent passport size (3.5 x 4.5 cm) photographs with white background. The picture should not be older than six months
      • Confirmed return flight tickets along with hotel reservation

      Processing Time for Tourist Visa

      The processing time for a Kuwait tourist visa is between one to three business days. Once your application is approved, the visa is sent to the traveller through email. You can check your application status from the official website of the Kuwait Ministry of Interior website.

    • Business Visa

      A business visa is for an individual entering Kuwait for official work. The applicant will need to provide evidence, like an invitation letter from the company in Kuwait, to get a business visa.

      Documents required

      • Valid passport, not older than 10 years
      • Passport must be valid for at least 90 days from the visa expiry date
      • Completed visa application form
      • At least two to five recent passport size (3.5 x 4.5 cm) photographs with white background. The picture must not be older than six months
      • Confirmed return flight tickets along with hotel reservation
      • NOC letter from local sponsor. The letter must contain your qualification, salary, and date of joining in Kuwait
      • Invitation letter provided by the inviting company
      • Bank statement of the last six months for non-Kuwaiti nationals

      Processing time for business visa

      The processing time for a Kuwait business visa is between one to three business days. Once your application is approved, the visa is sent to the traveller through email. You can check your application status from the official website of the Kuwait Ministry of Interior website.

    • Transit Visa

      If you have a layover in Kuwait, you will need a transit visa in order to exit the Kuwait airport and explore the country. Nationals of GCC Countries do not need a Kuwait transit visa. Other nationals require a transit visa which is valid for seven days. You can obtain this visa online. If you need to stay longer, you can obtain one of the following types of Kuwait visas: e-visa, visa on arrival, or visit visa.

      Documents required

      • Valid passport, not older than 10 years
      • Passport must be valid for at least 90 days from the visa expiry date
      • Completed transit visa application form
      • Children under 18 years of age must have signatures of both parents, along with a copy of the parents’ passport
      • Bank statement of last six months for non-Kuwaiti nationals
      • At least two to five recent passport size (3.5 x 4.5 cm) photograph with white background. The picture must not be older than six months
      • Confirmed flight tickets to third country
      • Proof of hotel reservation

      Where to obtain transit visa from?

      A transit visa can be obtained from the Kuwait Consulate Abroad or from a Port Authority. It is required for you to have a transit visa if your halt is longer than four hours. The applicants must show proof of a flight ticket for the next destination. The transit fee for Kuwait is KD 2 (the price is subject to change).

  • FAQs

    How can I get a Kuwait visa?

    To get a Kuwait visa, you need to apply online. You will need a valid travel documents and passport must be valid for at least 90 days from the visa expiry date.

    Can I enter Kuwait without a visa from India?

    No, to enter Kuwait you will need to obtain a visa online or from the embassy or consulate of Kuwait.

    What is the Kuwait visa processing time?

    The standard processing time for Kuwait visa is one to three business days. However, the time depends on your type of visa and documents provided.

    Can I apply for Kuwait visa at the airport itself?

    Yes, the visa on arrival for Kuwait can be obtained at the immigration checkpoints at the airports. But make sure you are eligible and have your documents with you to show it to the immigration officer.

    How can I track my Kuwait visa application?

    You can track your Kuwait visa application status from the official website. You can use your visa number of passport number to check the status of your application.

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