Kuwait Visa Types
There are many types of visas you can apply for when you want to visit Kuwait. Normally, according to the process introduced by the Kuwait government, you need to fill out the Kuwait visa application form, attach the necessary documents and go to the embassy/consulate, unless you apply online.
Note that citizens of the following countries do not need to apply for a visa:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
In general, we can divide visa types based on duration and purpose of stay. In this article, you will learn what visas are available for Kuwait so you can choose the option that best suits you.
Short-Term Visa (C Type)
Staying in Kuwait with this type of visa is usually limited to 90 days. Tourist, business, family, cultural/sports and educational visas are considered short-term visas.
Long-Term Visa (D Type)
Long-Term visas are used for a longer period of time (over three months). It is not a residence permit so keep that in mind. Also, it is possible to obtain this visa type if you:
- are a student
- are an employee
- are a researcher/scientist
- have a member of the family who is a Kuwait citizen
- are a patient
- are private entrepreneur.
e-Visa for Kuwait
Kuwait Visa Online is a single-entry visa that allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days. It can be used for tourism purposes.
This is a very convenient option, especially since you do not need to go to the nearest Kuwait embassy. You can submit the application form electronically and receive your Visa electronically via email. Online Visa is the perfect choice for those who value their time.
Kuwait Tourist Visa
A tourist visa is a short-term visa used for activities related to tourism, sightseeing or entertainment. You can apply online or visit the Kuwait embassy/consulate.
With a tourist visa, you can stay in the country for up to 90 days. Alternatively, it can be obtained electronically.
Kuwait Cultural/sports Visa
Kuwait cultural/sports visa is used in case of events related to culture and sports. It can be issued to an individual or a group. Confirmation documents are required to obtain this type of visa.
Kuwait Visit Visa
The Kuwait visit visa is for people who have relatives or friends in the country that invited them. During the application process, you must attach your invitation letter to obtain the necessary sponsorship documents as proof.
Usually, around 2 working days are needed to get this visa.
Kuwait Short-Term Educational Visa
To enter Kuwait for educational purposes, you need this type of Kuwait visa. To get a student visa, you must present proof of accommodation and an admission letter from the school.
Kuwait Transit Visa
Transit visas are ideal for traveling through Kuwait to reach your final destination in case you want to stay in the country for more than 24 hours. This visa is valid for 7 days.
This visa can be obtained through online methods. First of all, you need to submit your application and then attach the necessary documents such as a valid visa for the next country, a valid passport and tickets. You will then receive your visa electronically via email in PDF format.
Kuwait Work Visa
If you want to enter the State of Kuwait to work, you need proof from your employer. Employers must contact the Kuwait Ministry of Labor to apply for a work permit. Next, the Ministry of Home Affairs must approve the permit, which will be used to apply for a visa at the embassy.
Kuwait Family Visa
This Kuwait visa is used to visit family, relatives and friends. If you want to get it, you have to think about an invitation letter and sponsorship documents like salary certificate or proof of relationship.
Kuwait Business Visa
This visa, as its name suggests, is used for professional purposes (meetings, fairs, events and unpaid training). To get it, you must have a sponsor in Kuwait.
Kuwait Student Visa
The Kuwait student visa is for those who want to study in the country. They must be accepted by the educational institution to obtain a residence permit.
The Kuwait entry visa is specifically designed for entry into the country if you are a government or civil sector employee who wants to engage contractors.
Visa on Arrival
It is possible to obtain a Kuwait visa upon arrival in the country. You can do this at the airport immigration checkpoint if you are traveling by plane.
It is worth considering that you can line up to apply for this type of visa.
Kuwait Newborn Child visa
If the child is born in Kuwait, a birth visa is required. To get it, parents must submit an application, then pay a fee and receive a birth certificate from the registrar.