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Kuwait Visa Application Process

Visa Requirements for Kuwaiti Citizens

Kuwait visa requirements are the rules and regulations applicable to Kuwaiti nationals that determine the documents travelers need when traveling abroad.
Each country has its own rules and regulations that determine which foreign countries you must apply for a regular visa, which countries you can enter with an electronic visa or visa on arrival, and which countries you can enter without a visa. Kuwaiti passport holders can visit 32 countries with an e-visa obtained online a few days before departure, 41 countries with a visa obtained on arrival, 47 countries without a visa of any kind, and 90 countries.
You will need to apply for a regular visa issued by the embassy.
Electronic visas, VoAs, and visa-free entry are generally granted for short-term stays abroad (usually up to 90 days) and for all leisure, business, and transit travel.
Embassy-issued visas are more difficult to obtain, but may be issued for long-term stays.
Details of visa/entry types for Kuwaiti nationals and a list of countries offering each visa/entry type can be found below.

Electronic visa

An e-visa or e-visa is a type of visa or travel authorization document issued by a foreign government after a traveler completes an online application process.
Approved e-visas are delivered to each applicant by email in PDF format and, in some cases, directly linked to the traveler's passport number.

List of countries offering eVisas for Kuwaiti citizens

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Benin
  • Cambodia
  • Djibouti
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Montserrat
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
32 countries offer Kuwaiti nationals the opportunity to apply for a visa online in the form of an e-visa.
Kuwaiti passport holders just need to follow a few simple steps to obtain an e-visa for any of the above countries:
  1. Apply Online – choose your preferred eVisa type and complete the online application form with the required data.
  2. Cover the eVisa issuing fee – use any method of online payment to cover the eVisa issuing fee.
  3. Wait for the confirmation email – submitting the online form and covering the issuing fee results in a confirmation email being delivered to each traveler via email.
Approved e-visas are also delivered to each traveler by email in PDF format, which can be easily downloaded and printed before departure.
Typical processing time for e-visas is 72 hours.
The approved document will be in different formats depending on the type of e-visa selected (his single-entry or multiple-entry travel permit issued for different lengths of stay).
Electronic visas are most commonly issued for stays of 30, 60, or 90 days, allowing you to simply stop by during your stay, such as going on vacation, visiting friends or family, or attending a business event, conference, or seminar.
It can be used for leisure, business and transit purposes, including: Enter transit.

Visa on Arrival

A visa on arrival is a short-term travel authorization document that can be issued upon arrival in a country of your choice.
Travelers wishing to obtain a VoA must complete the visa application process at the nearest border crossing upon arrival.

List of countries that offer a Visa on Arrival for Kuwaiti citizens

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • The Maldives
  • The Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • The Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Turkey
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe
41 countries allow Kuwaiti nationals to obtain a visa on arrival after completing the application process at one of their border crossing points.
Kuwaiti nationals wishing to obtain a VoA for her from any of the above countries should check and prepare the necessary documents before departure.
With the complete documentation, follow these steps:
  1. Go to the closest border control point upon arrival
  2. Ask for a Visa on Arrival application form
  3. Complete the form with the required data and double-check if everything is correct
  4. Submit the form along with the required supporting documents to the border control point officials
  5. Cover the VoA issuing fee (if required)
  6. Wait for approval

Please note! The application process may differ in between the different countries and selected VoA types. It’s best to contact the border officials or check the selected country’s government website for detailed information on the process and the required supporting documents.

Approved VoAs are usually issued for short-term stays abroad (usually up to 90 days) and can be used for leisure, business, and transit purposes.

Embassy visa

An embassy visa is a formal visa issued by the embassy of the country a traveler wishes to visit.
Traditional visas require travelers to apply directly at the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.

List of countries that require Kuwaiti citizens to present a valid Embassy-issued visa upon arrival

  • Afghanistan
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • The Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • The Republic of the Congo
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • The Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kiribati
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • The Netherlands
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkmenistan
  • The United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
Ninety countries require Kuwaiti passport holders to apply for an embassy-issued visa before departure. To obtain an embassy-issued visa when traveling from Kuwait, travelers must first visit the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit in Kuwait and ask the embassy staff for a detailed list of required documents.
Next, travelers will need to gather the necessary documents and fill out the appropriate application form for the specific embassy visa type they have chosen.
With complete documentation, Kuwaiti nationals must submit an application to the appropriate embassy and complete the following steps, including paying the embassy visa fee, completing the visa interview, and submitting other supporting documents.
there is Depending on your chosen destination, the embassy may take up to several weeks to process your visa application.
Therefore, in order to receive the necessary travel authorization documents in a timely manner, you must submit your application well in advance of your scheduled departure.

Visa-free countries

47 countries grant Kuwaiti citizens a visa-free entry allowing them to travel from Kuwait to their territory without any visa on hand. This type of entry is the most effortless way to travel abroad since no travel authorization document needs to be handled before departure or upon arrival.

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • The Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Eswatini
  • Georgia
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Kazkhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Nicaragua
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • The Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sudan
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • Vanuatu
Visa-free travel is as easy as traveling abroad.
Kuwaiti passport holders only need to plan their itinerary and pack their bags to visit any of the countries mentioned above.
Some countries may require Kuwaiti nationals to provide documentary evidence when crossing the border. These documents include proof of hotel reservations, proof of sufficient funds for your stay, and round-trip airfare. However, as a rule, all you need is a valid passport and, in some cases, a Kuwaiti girlfriend’s ID card.
please note!
As Kuwait is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, member countries have free movement agreements, meaning Kuwaiti nationals cannot enter other GCC countries without a valid ID card. Visa-free travel is generally possible for short-term stays for leisure, business, and transit purposes.

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