Kuwait visa policy

Kuwait visa policy

iVisa | Updated on Aug 16, 2021

Visa Policy for Kuwait

Kuwait maintains a visa policy that defines all requirements, rules, and regulations for foreign nationals traveling to Kuwait. To travel to Kuwait and enter the country, almost all nationalities require a visa. According to the Kuwait visa policy, you may be eligible for an electronic visa,or a visa on arrival, depending on your nationality and the purpose and length of your visit.

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Kuwait visa policy offers electronic visa applications for around 170 countries around the world. When accepted, it is sent to the applicant through email after completing a quick online application.

Around 65 other countries are ineligible for eVisas and must apply for visas at the Kuwaiti government's diplomatic mission in the country before departing in person. Kuwait allows visitors from certain countries to apply for a visa upon arrival at checkpoints at border crossings. However, this will usually mean waiting in the immigration queue for a long time. It is therefore recommended that travelers apply for and obtain their eVisas before departing via the online application if available in their country, as this will greatly speed up the process. Kuwait visa policy requires all visitors to possess a passport valid for 6 months, with the exception of other GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) nations.

Tourist Visa Policy for Kuwait

Kuwait visa policy offers three methods of visa issuance to tourists from foreign countries: visas, visas on arrival and electronic visas through an internet application.

An estimated 170 nationalities from all over the world are eligible to apply for the tourist eVisa online and to have an approved electronic visa emailed directly to them. Holders of an eVisa will be able to travel to Kuwait and enter the country for a maximum of 90 days for tourism, whether they arrive by air, land, or sea.

Kuwait visa policy requires tourists from countries that are not eligible for eVisas to apply for visas before departure. The application form for this visa type usually requires the embassy to ask for some additional documents, in addition to the visa application.

The citizens of one country (Swaziland) are also required to apply for a visa on arrival at Kuwait Airport, but this means waiting in long lines at the border control to submit the application. Continue reading this article for more details about the Kuwait visa policy.

Kuwait EVISA

An electronic visa (eVisa) is now available to citizens of around 170 nations across the globe via an online application form, introduced by the Kuwaiti government in 2016. For those arriving by air, sea, or land, the Kuwait eVisa is a single entry visa for 90 days of stay in Kuwait for tourism purposes.

Those wishing to apply online must fill out a simple form with personal, passport, and travel information. An image of the traveler's passport biographical page is also required when applying for an eVisa for Kuwait. At least six months must elapse from the date of the intended arrival in Kuwait on the passport used for application.

If approved, the eVisa will be electronically linked with the holder's passport and he or she will be allowed to enter Kuwait for 30 days following issuance. Kuwait visas are usually processed within one to three business days through online services.

To enter Kuwait, citizens of eVisa countries will need to obtain the appropriate type of visa if they intend to spend more time in Kuwait or wish to go there for business or to work or study. Find below a complete list of the countries that need to apply for an eVisa to travel to Kuwait.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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Kuwait Visa on Arrival

At the airport immigration checkpoints, travelers can obtain a visa on arrival for Kuwait once they arrive in Kuwait by air. Currently, Eswanti (Swaziland) citizens are the only ones required to queue at the airport for Kuwait visas on arrival.

There are a number of nationalities that can receive both a visa on arrival and an online visa, but it is recommended that these nationalities obtain a Kuwait eVisa in advance to avoid waiting in long lines at the border.

The visa on arrival for Kuwait is a single entry travel document valid for tourist visits, and it allows visitors to stay for a maximum of 90 days in the country. Citizens of Swaziland must go straight to the border checkpoint to obtain a visa on arrival from Kuwait and then wait in an immigration queue until the application is given to them.

You will then have to fill out a form with personal information and passport information. Before a visa can be granted, applicants will be required to pay a fee upon arrival. Below is a list of countries for which Kuwaiti residents are currently required to obtain a visa on arrival. Swaziland is eligible for a visa on arrival in Kuwait.

Kuwait Visitors Visa

Kuwait requires special visas for around 60 nationalities. Those who require visas in advance must apply at their respective embassies. In Kuwait, you can obtain this kind of visa from a diplomatic mission. There are different types of visas for different periods of stay, whether for work, study, or business travel.

A visa may take up to 2 weeks or more to be processed and approved, so it is highly recommended for travelers to apply for the Kuwait consulate visa well in advance. The procedure for applying for a Kuwaiti visa requires that the traveler schedule an appointment at the Kuwaiti embassy or consulate nearest to their destination. An applicant is usually required to print and fill out visa forms to bring to the appointment after the date and time have been confirmed.

Kuwait visa applicants must also choose the appropriate visa type and provide additional documentation depending on what their purpose is for staying there. Find out if you need a visa to enter Kuwait on the list below.

  • Aland Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bangladesh
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Congo
  • Curacao
  • Dominican Republic
  • Faroe Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • French Polynesia
  • Gambia
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mayotte
  • Montserrat
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Reunion
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sint Maarten
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen

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Other Visa Information for Kuwait

A Kuwait visa is not required for citizens of five countries according to Kuwait's current visa policy. Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain are the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries that are visa-exempt from Kuwait.

Kuwait visa policy welcomes citizens of these countries for an unlimited stay upon presentation of a valid GCC ID card at any port of entry. Kuwait does not grant visa-free entry to citizens from GCC nations, but citizens from GCC countries can apply for an eVisa in order to expedite the application process.

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