Kuwait Visa Types
There are many visa types that you can apply for when you want to visit Kuwait. Usually, in the process introduced by the Kuwait government, you need to fill in the Kuwait visa application form, attach the required documents and visit the embassy/consulate, unless you apply online.
Note that nationals from the following countries don't 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
Generally, we can divide visa types depending on their duration and purpose of stay. In this article you will learn what kinds of visas for Kuwait are available, so you can pick an option perfect for you.
Short-Term Visa (C Type)
Stay in Kuwait with this type of visa usually is limited to 90 days. Tourist, Business, Family, Cultural/Sports and Education visas are treated as 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
An online Kuwait visa is a single-entry visa that enables you to stay in the country for up to 90 days. It can be used for tourism purposes.
It is a very convenient option especially because you don't have to visit the nearest Kuwait embassy. You can send the application form electronically and receive your e-Visa via email. An online visa is a perfect choice for those who value their time.
Kuwait Tourist Visa
Tourist Visa is a short-term visa used for activities related to tourism, sightseeing, or leisure. You can apply for it online or visit the Kuwaiti embassy/consulate.
Thanks to a Tourist visa you are able to stay in the country for up to 90 days. What is more, it is possible to obtain it via electronic methods.
Kuwait Business Visa
This type of visa, as the name suggests, is used for business purposes (meetings, fairs, events, and unpaid training). To obtain it you need to have a sponsor in Kuwait.
Kuwait Cultural/sports Visa
Cultural/Sports Kuwait visa is used in case of events connected to the culture or sport. It can be issued for an individual or a group. Confirmation documents are required to get this visa type.
Kuwait Visit Visa
A Kuwait visit visa is for people with relatives or friends in the country who invited them. During the process of application, you need to attach your invitation letter to get the sponsorship documents required as proof.
Usually, around 2 working days are needed to get this visa.
Kuwait Short-Term Educational Visa
To enter Kuwait for an educational purpose you need this type of Kuwait visa. To get an student visa you are required to show proof of accommodation and an admission letter from the institution.
Kuwait Transit Visa
A Transit visa is ideal for passing through Kuwait in order to reach your final destination in case you want to be in the country longer than 24 hours. This visa is valid for 7 days.
It is possible to acquire this visa via online methods. Firstly, you need to submit an application form, secondly attach necessary documents like a valid visa for the next country, a valid passport, and a ticket. Then, you will receive electronic visa via email in PDF form.
Kuwait Work Visa
If you want to enter the State of Kuwait for a job, you need proof from the employer who needs to contact the Ministry of Labor of Kuwait for a work permit. Then the Ministry of Interior should approve the permit that later will be used to apply for a visa at the embassy.
Kuwait Family Visa
This Kuwait visa is used for visiting family, relatives, and friends. If you want to obtain it, you need to remember about an invitation letter and sponsorship documents like a salary certificate or proof of relationship.
Kuwait Student Visa
Kuwait visa for students is aimed at people who would like to learn in the country. They need to be accepted by the educational institution to obtain a permit for a stay.
An Entrance visa to Kuwait is designed specially to enter the country if you are a government or civil sector employee who wants to join providers.
Visa on Arrival
It is possible to acquire a Kuwait visa on arrival to the country. You can do this at the airport immigration checkpoint if you travel by air.
It is worth taking into consideration the fact that you may wait in the queue for this type of visa.
Kuwait Newborn Child visa
If the child is born in Kuwait, a Newborn visa is required. To obtain it parents need to submit the application form, then pay the fee, and pick up the birth certificate at the registry.