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Our company needs the following procedures to be followed and can be offered only to those passengers that have booked a hotel or transit package:
• Passport must have minimum 6 months validity at the time of applying for an Entry Permit.
• Clear passport copies are to be forwarded by fax/email (scanned) with the date of arrival / departure, hotel requested and flight details.
• Visa processing takes a minimum of 7 working days for processing.
• Visa application if rejected cannot be reapplied again but the client will have to contact the Kuwait Embassy in their country of origin.
• All visas are to be obtained prior to the entry of the Passenger into the Kuwait except in the case of GCC country visa holders
(certain designations only).
• Visas can be availed upon arrival to Kuwait for some nationalities listed below:
Australia Austria Andorra Belgium
Brunei China Canada Denmark
France Finland Greece Germany
Holland Hong Kong Italy Iceland
Japan Luxemburg Monaco Malaysia
Norway New Zealand Portugal Republic of Ireland
Switzerland Sweden Singapore South Korea
San Marino Spain United Kingdom United States of America
Vatican - - -


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.

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.

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.

Application to
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 entry.

Application requirements
(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

Temporary residence
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 leaving Kuwait.

Passport/Visa Information

Embassy of the State of Kuwait in the UK
2 Albert Gate, London SW1X 7JU, UK
Tel: (020) 7590 3400.
Website: www.kuwaitinfo.org.uk
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1230 and 1400-1600 (visa collection only).

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.

Travel Warnings
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 interests.

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 interests.

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.

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