|THE VISA WILL BE ISSUED FOR THREE
MONTHS TEMPORARY RESIDENCE BASIS:
1. The profession of the arriving passenger is one
of the following:
» Doctor, Lawyer,
Engineer, Teacher, Judge, Consultant, Journalist, Press and Media
staff, System Analyst, Pharmacist, Manager, Computer Programmer,
Business Men, Diplomatic corps and Owners, Managers, Representatives
of Commercial Companies/ Establishments and University Graduates.
2. Holding proper passport and not lass-passé or temporary
travel documents and GCC residence permit valid more than
six months from the date of arrival to Kuwait.
3. Passenger should be holding return ticket and must not
be black listed in Kuwait.
Married women and children (except nationals of Iran and Iraq) may
travel on the passport of their husband or father.
Required by all except nationals of Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for an unlimited period.
Types of visa and cost
Business, Visitor and Transit. Transit visas
are not required provided passengers hold onward tickets and do not
leave the airport. The fee for a visa depends on the applicant’s
nationality. For UK nationals the fees are as follows:
Single-entry: US$52 (for three months); US$82 (for six months).
Multiple-entry: US$113 (for six months); US$129 (for one
year); US$165 (for two years); US$232 (for five years).
Depends on nationality and purpose of visit. Validity of the visa is
usually three months from date of issue. Enquire at Consulate (or
Consular section at Embassy) for further details.
Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy); see General Info
section for details.
Nationals of Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, China (PR),
nationals of the EU (except nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic,
Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak
Republic and Slovenia), Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Japan, Korea
(Rep), Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San
Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, USA and the Vatican City can now
obtain visas for entry into Kuwait upon arrival at the port of
(a) Valid passport. (b) One completed application form. (c) One
passport-size photo. (d) Fax or other confirmation of invitation
from sponsor/contact in Kuwait. This should be faxed directly to the
Embassy; see General Info section for fax numbers (not
required for visa on arrival - see above). (e) Covering letter from
employer in home country detailing evidence of position and status
within company, purpose of visit, length of stay. (f) Registered,
self-addressed envelope if applying by post. (g) Fee.
Working days required
Enquire at Embassy. Note that UK nationals who wish to take up
employment will eventually require a Residence Permit. This
must be obtained before arrival in Kuwait as it is not possible to
transfer status from ‘visitor’ to ‘temporary resident’ without first
Embassy of the State of Kuwait in the UK
2 Albert Gate, London SW1X 7JU, UK
Tel: (020) 7590 3400.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1230 and 1400-1600 (visa collection
Embassy of the State of Kuwait in the USA
2940 Tilden Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Tel: (202) 966 0702. Fax: (202) 966 0517.
There is a high threat from terrorism. Al Qaeda continues to issue
statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region.
These include references to attacks on Western interests, including
residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation
In early 2005, Kuwaiti security forces mounted operations against
suspected militants and their safe houses, during which several
suspected militants were killed or arrested. The security forces
discovered bomb-making equipment and material linked with planned
kidnaps. It is believed that individuals associated with these
incidents are still at large and remain a threat to Western
Travelers should review their security arrangements carefully. They
should continue to exercise caution, particularly in public places
and maintain a high level of security awareness.