With sandy beaches, an ancient history to discover, interesting architecture, and year-round sunshine, it is not surprising that Kuwait is becoming an increasingly popular destination. Thankfully, The Kuwaiti Government launched in 2016 the Kuwait Online Visa, which is an electronic travel authorization. This system was created to simplify and expedite the visa application process, making it easier and faster to apply and consequently obtain a visa to travel to Kuwait.
There are a few things to know before you issue your Kuwait e-Visa. iVisa has listed them for you so you don't miss anything before applying for a Kuwait e-Visa. The process is entirely electronic, you can do it from home or at the office, and it only takes a few minutes.
It means that you need to be a citizen of a country for which Kuwait issues e-Visas. At the moment, Kuwait releases visas for citizens of the following countries: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, China, Turkey, Ukraine, United kingdom, United States, Vatican, Vietnam and all countries member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates)
If you are resident from GCC country (Saudi Arabia-Bahrain-Qatar-United Arab Emirates-Oman) then you can also apply online and submit proof of your GCC residency card (exceeding 6 months).
The applicant's work according to the GCC residency should be one of the following: 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.
It takes a minimum of 12 hours to get a e-visa to Kuwait but we suggest you get it at least 3 days before your intended flight.
All you need is a valid passport, you need to make some digital copies of your passport, a means of payment, and if you are from a GCC country, you need to have a GCC residency card. If all you have is a temporary travel document, you still need to acquire a passport. The means of payment can differ. As for the GCC residency card, it needs to indicate that you have been a GCC resident for at least six months. Anything lower than that makes you ineligible.
The Kuwait Visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. After you apply for the e-visa and receive it, the document will maintain its validity for 90 days.
The eVisa is a single-entry visa that allows its holder to enter and exit Kuwait only once.
The Kuwait e-Visa for Tourism allows for stays of a maximum of 30 days starting from the entry date. Once you get into Kuwait, you can stay there up to 30 days. You need to return after that period. Also, the Kuwait e-visa provides a single entry.
Note that your weekend is not the same as the Kuwait weekend. Weekends in Kuwait are held on Fridays and Saturdays. That is important for a number of reasons. For example, if you apply on Thursday night and choose the Super Rush processing (12 hours), you will not receive the e-visa in the desired timeframe, you will receive it Sunday. Time-zones apply, so make sure to keep that in mind.
If you already have a passport with at least 6 month validity, a scanned copy of passport bio page, a GCC Residence (Valid Residency Card) - if applicable and a credit/debit card or Paypal account for payment, then all the process will be as simple as this:
STEP 1: Fill out online application
STEP 2: Upload the required documents.
STEP 3: Receive your visa via email.
STEP 4: Print out you e-visa.
STEP 5: Entry to Kuwait.
In order to facilitate entry into Kuwait, it is imperative that all eligible foreign nationals present the following upon arrival:
1) A passport valid for at least six (6) months from the arrival date in Kuwait
2) The approved Kuwait e-Visa reference number
3) Those applicants who claimed to have GCC residence permit may be required to show the GCC residence document on arrival at the Immigration Authorities at the entry point to Kuwait. Upon arrival, an additional visa fee of 3KD (approximately 10 USD) may apply at the border entry point.
In order to complete and submit an online application for an e-Visa to Kuwait, candidates must have a valid passport and email address.
Once the applicant has submitted their online application, all e-Visa notifications and updates will be sent via email.
The e-Visa will generally be processed within one (1) business day, excluding weekends (Friday and Saturday) and holidays in Kuwait. However, some may take longer to process, up three (3) business days upon submission of a complete application.