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Content updated, September 2022
Travel to Kuwait with your eVisa!
In 2016, the Kuwaiti Government launched the Kuwait Online Visa, which is an electronic travel authorization created to streamline the visa application process. This new system drastically reduces time at border checkpoints and eliminates the necessity of visiting an embassy in person.
As of 24 October 2021, Kuwait has re-opened for tourism, and luckily, iVisa has collected the most relevant information on how to fill out your Kuwait visa application and other entry permits or travel documents. You'll avoid the bothersome paperwork, and you don't even have to visit a Kuwaiti immigration office or embassy before your upcoming trip.
Visit our Visa Checker widget at the top of this page and confirm it is all you need for your international trip to Kuwait. Our team can help you if you have questions about the Kuwait e-visa issuing service, and you can pay the fees with a credit or debit card.
What is the Kuwait visa?
The Kuwait eVisa, introduced in 2016 by the Government of Kuwait, is a short stay authorization document that allows visitors to travel to Kuwait for tourism purposes. The eVisa eliminates the need for a traveler to go to any embassy or consulate and complete the whole process online.
Upon arrival, the Immigration Officers from Kuwait will verify that all the data on your eVisa is valid and up to date. Please keep this document safe while you travel in Kuwait.
What countries are eligible to apply for a Kuwait e-Visa?
The following countries are eligible for an e-Visa:
|Cambodia||Iceland||New Zealand||Hong Kong|
|Czech Republic||Laos||Romania||United States|
How long is Kuwait e-Visa valid for?
The Kuwait visa is valid for 30 days after issued. This means that you have to enter Kuwait within this period. The visa will clearly have the issue date printed on it. The Kuwait eVisa allows for a Single Entry and a maximum stay of 90 days in Total. This visa is for tourism purposes only.
You can get it at the nearest Kuwaiti Embassy or leave it to iVisa, which has collected the most relevant information on how to fill out your Kuwait visa application. You can start at any time, as we will automatically queue your order until it's the right time for processing.
What do I need to apply for a Kuwait eVisa?
We require the following to submit your online visa application form:
- Passport Personal Details Scan
- Last Page of Passport (if applicable)
- Birth Certificate (if applicable)
- Valid email address
- Payment method: Credit or debit card
We recommend you watch this video too if you want to learn how to take photos of the required documents.
Do I need a Kuwait Visa if I'm transiting through the country?
If you are transiting through Kuwait and are spending more than 24 hours in the country or want to leave the airport, you must apply for a transit visa for Kuwait, valid for a maximum stay of seven days.
How can I apply for the Kuwait Visa online?
To get your Kuwait visa application with iVisa.com is easy, you'll only need to follow these 3 simple steps:
- Step 1: Provide basic information about yourself and your trip by answering a couple of questions. Be especially careful and make sure you are selecting the correct document or visa you wish to apply for.
- Step 2: Once you have all the necessary documents and have provided the correct information, you just have to choose the processing times you are going for. You can make the Kuwait Visa online payment using a credit or debit card.
- Step 3: Finally, add the documents required and click 'Submit.'
You will receive an email with a PDF confirmation of your visa with a QR code attached that our team will send you. When you arrive in Kuwait, you only need to show it with the other required documents at the airport, and you can begin your journey.
What are the costs and processing times of the Kuwait Visa?
The cost to get your Kuwait visa will depend on the processing time you choose and how fast you need your Kuwait visa application. By applying with iVisa.com, you can select any of the three processing options below:
- Standard Processing Time: 8 days - USD $71.99.
- Rush Processing Time: 6 days - USD $123.99.
- Super Rush Processing Time: 4 days - USD $186.99.
These costs include both the service and government fees.
I am traveling with children. Do I need to create a separate tourist visa application for them?
Each adult visitor to the Republic of Kuwait is required to submit an e-Visa application in their personal account. Parents can apply for their children in their accounts.
View a Kuwait Visa Sample
To begin the process, fill out your Kuwait visa application here.
Kuwait COVID-19 Requirements
Do I need a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Kuwait?
There are no longer any COVID testing requirements to enter Kuwait
Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter Kuwait?
No, you don't. As of today, COVID vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter Kuwait. Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest Kuwait travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.
Do I need to quarantine when I get to Kuwait?
Quarantine requirements: There are no quarantine requirements.
What else should I keep in mind before traveling to Kuwait?
What is a GCC resident?
GCC stands for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a political and economic alliance of Middle Eastern countries: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman. A GCC Resident simply means that you are a resident of one of these countries.
I have a residency in a GCC country. Can I still apply for this e-Visa online?
You can ONLY apply online IF you have residency (exceeding 6 months when applying for e-Visa) from any of the following GCC countries: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman.
A copy of the Sponsor's GCC residency must also be sent with your e-Visa application, as well as for dependents such as a spouse, child, domestic labor, etc., who will be presented with you on arrival.
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.
What should I do if the data on the processed e-Visa does not match my passport?
Data inconsistency between the e-Visa and your passport will render the e-Visa invalid. You will need to re-apply, making sure that the information matches exactly. If you find errors in your application, please inform us ASAP.
Can I apply online if I do not have a valid passport but a temporary travel document?
No, unfortunately, you can't apply online if you do not have a valid passport with at least 6 months of validity. Contact the nearest Kuwait embassy for more info.
Where can I learn more?
Our outstanding customer support team is always available to help you. Email them at [email protected] if you have any questions about this or other travel documents. They are experts in processing travel documents and visas of all kinds.
Required Documents to Apply
Last Page of Passport (if applicable)
Birth Certificate (if applicable)
The Kuwait online visa is a single-entry visa that allows travelers to enter Kuwait for a maximum stay of 90 days in Total.
The purpose of the trip must be tourism.
You should carry at all times your e-Visa on a personal device (phone/tablet/computer) or as a printed copy.
Travelers who want to visit Kuwait must have a passport valid for at least six months from the planned date of entry.
In addition to the online fee for the e-Visa you may be required, based on your nationality, to pay a fee of approx. 10 USD / 3 KD upon arrival to Kuwait.
GCC resident applicants:
If you are a resident of a GCC country (Saudi Arabia-Bahrain-Qatar-United Arab Emirates-Oman), you can also apply online using proof of your GCC residency card (valid for at least 6 months).
To qualify for this eVisa, GCC applicants should be one of the following: consultant, doctor, engineer, lawyer, judge/member of public prosecution, university teacher, press/media staff, pilot, system analyst/computer programmer, manager, businessperson, diplomatic corps, university graduate, owner, manager or representative of a commercial company or establishment.
The applicant must not have any security restrictions preventing them from entering or exiting the country.
IMPORTANT: Kuwait Visas are not processed on weekends (Friday and Saturday).
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My application for the Kuwait eVisa couldn’t be completed due to an error. What now?
What can I do if my Kuwait eVisa is denied?
If your visa for Kuwait is rejected by the government, you are eligible for a full refund of the iVisa processing fee related to the number of rejected applicants.
Please note that the government fees are not refundable, even in case of a rejection.
What should I do if I have made a mistake in my online Kuwait eVisa application?
We understand that mistakes can happen. That is why an iVisa expert will always review all info and documents to check if any errors have occurred or if something’s missing.
When applying online for the eVisa for Kuwait, it is essential that you provide accurate information, such as your name, date of birth, and passport details. If you think you have made a mistake after submission, please contact us directly via online chat or email at [email protected].
We will try our best to make the changes necessary but it is ultimately up to the Kuwait government to allow amendments or not.
Do I need to renew my Kuwait eVisa if my passport has changed or expired?
The applicant's passport must be valid for at least six months upon arrival in Kuwait in order to obtain an eVisa. If your passport is lost or stolen, information needs to be changed, or the passport has expired, you'll need to apply for a new Kuwait eVisa.
The reason is that all information must match the data of the passport that you’ll use to travel to Kuwait.
In the case that your eVisa has expired, you will need to reapply as well. Eligible nationals can do so with the help of iVisa. Please note that overstaying your visa can lead to fines or legal action from the Kuwait government. Always leave the country before your eVisa expires.
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