Visa policy of Kuwait

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Kuwait entry stamp
Kuwait exit stamp

Visitors to Kuwait must obtain a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for visa on arrival.[1] All visitors except GCC citizens must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Kuwait

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to visit Kuwait and may use National ID Cards to enter the country:

Nationals of  China holding normal passports endorsed for public affairs do not require a visa.

Holders of diplomatic or official passports of Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, China, Egypt, Honduras, Ireland, Malta, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Turkey, United Kingdom and Vietnam and just diplomatic passports of Armenia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Tajikistan and Ukraine also do not require a visa.

Visa on arrival[edit]

Citizens of the following 53 countries and territories may obtain a visa valid for 3 months on arrival to Kuwait if arriving by air:[7]

1 - Except Croatia.

Passengers arriving by sea or land must obtain visa in advance.[8]

Entry ban[edit]

Nationals of  Afghanistan,  Iran,  Iraq,  Syria and  Yemen are barred from entering Kuwait due to "difficult security conditions" in those countries.[9] Citizens of  Bangladesh are also barred from entering Kuwait. Citizens of  Pakistan are only issued issuing family and commercial visas.[10]

Additionally entry and transit is refused to Israel Israeli citizens, even if not leaving the aircraft and proceeding by the same flight.[11]


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  10. ^ "Family Visas Before Lifting Total Ban". Arab Times. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
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