Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Kuwait Visa Guide About Kuwait Kuwait has always been considered as one of the economic hubs of the middle-east. However, its importance has been masked to many due to the emergence of UAE is the last couple of decades. Majority of people in Kuwait belong to Muslim and Islam culture. The common language in Kuwait is Arabic and English. Kuwaitis are very sensitive for their culture and tourists might be restricted for some actions which can violate them. Kuwait has some of the must visit places like The Kuwait Towers, The Mirror House, the shallow and calm water in Persian Gulf and it also has a vast collection of Museums. Fishing of Pearls is what makes Kuwait the largest exporter of pearls. The scientific centers in Salmiya are the good source of Knowledge. The country also has a wide collection for the brand obsessed people like Prada, Hermes. This place is also one of the oil-rich countries. Except the other Arab countries you don’t have to wear a hijab or need a man with you to travel around. The Kuwaiti cuisine is a mixture of Indian, Arabian, Persian and Mediterranean cuisine which is something that you should not miss. Why is Kuwait Visa Needed? All individuals who wish to visit Kuwait needs a Visa except for the citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The Kuwait Visit Visa needs to be sponsored by a relative staying in Kuwait, a Kuwaiti Company, or by a foreign resident of Kuwait. The validity of Kuwait Visit Visas is up to 90 days, i.e., three months. It means that any visitor can stay up to 90 days in Kuwait with a Kuwait Tourist Visa. You can either choose to extend your Kuwait tourist visa online/ offline or you can re-apply for Kuwait visa. For re-applying, you can take a one-day long trip to nearby places and exit Kuwait for a day and re-apply for a new one. Indian citizens who hold a GCC resident card can enter Kuwait with a travel Visa. In the year 2016, the Kuwaiti government launched an online medium to avail Visa known as the e-Visa. To enter Kuwait, it is mandatory to provide the approved Visa reference number/ GCC resident document and passport upon arrival. Kuwait Visa Eligibility You must possess an Indian passport to travel from India to Kuwait with a minimum of 6 months validity from the entry date in Kuwait. Also, you need to make sure that the passport is carried along with you wherever you go in Kuwait. If you have a GCC permit, you should make sure that it has a validity of a minimum of 6 months from the entry date in Kuwait. If you have an e-Visa, you should make sure to carry it along with you throughout your stay in Kuwait. You will need to provide the e-Visa reference number when entering Kuwait. Applicants with GCC permit might have to pay 3KD (Rs. 703. 51) at the point of entry along with the GCC resident number. If you apply for a Kuwait Visa and do not travel to Kuwait for 30 days, your Visa shall expire. The e-Visa is applicable only for tourists and due to this reason, you are not allowed to work during the 90 days with a Kuwait e-Visa. Also, you need to know that the e-Visa is valid only for a single entry and exit to Kuwait. It means that even if you did not complete your 90 days stay after entering Kuwait and you exit, you would have to apply for Kuwait visa online for the second entry. Generally, you do not require a vaccination certificate to enter Kuwait. But, if you travel from a region infected by viral diseases such as Cholera or Yellow Fever, a Vaccination certificate becomes mandatory. Such documents act as proof that you are healthy and that you would not spread any diseases to the residents of Kuwait. Also, in some cases, you might need to go through a medical checkup before availing your Visa to Kuwait. Kuwait Work Visa will require a copy of the employee's passport as well as a No Objection Certificate from the General Administration of Criminal Investigation at the Ministry of Interior. Kuwait Visa Document Requirements Below mentioned are a few materials you will need to apply for a Kuwait visa online India: A valid Indian passport with a minimum validity of 6 months/ GCC resident card with a minimum of 6 months validity. Even if you have a temporary travel document, you will need a valid Indian passport to travel from India to Kuwait. If you are a GCC resident, the GCC card must indicate that you have been residing in GCC country for at least six months. You need to provide passport-sized photographs with clear visibility and a white background. Kuwait Visa Application Process How to Apply for Kuwait Visa: You can avail an e-Visa to travel to Kuwait from India. Below to apply for a Kuwait visa online: Step 1 Submit a duly filled application form. The application form will require details like passport details, personal details, and the details of your trip to Kuwait. Step 2 You will need to provide a biometric page of your passport and other necessary documents. Step 3 You will receive your e-Visa in your email ID. You need to take a print out of the same and get it stamped on the date of entry in Kuwait. Process for Different Types of Visas For Dependent Visa You need to visit the “jawazaat” bureau located in Shuwaikh. You need to fill the application form in Arabic. If you are not well-versed with Arabic, you can choose to hire a bilingual typist to help you for the same. Along with the application form, you will have to provide some documents like copy of the dependent's passport, civil ID, salary certificate, marriage certificate from the country of origin, and other necessary documents. Upon reaching Kuwait, the dependents will have to go through a medical checkup and will need to provide their fingerprints. The sponsor will need to provide a declaration stating that he/she will look after and take care of the dependent. Where to Apply for Kuwait Visa? You need to pay a visit to any one of the following embassies: New Delhi: Kuwait Visa Application Centre, Ground Floor, S-1, American Plaza, International Trade Tower, Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110019 Contact No. : +91-1140-558800 Timings: Monday to Friday, except holidays Submission of Application: 09:00 A.M. to 02:30 P.M. Passport Collection: 03:00 P.M. to 05:00 P.M. Mumbai: Kuwait Visa Application Centre, First Floor, Apeejay House, Dinshaw Vacha Road, Near KC College, Churchgate, Mumbai – 400020 Contact No. : +91-2262-376776 Timings: Monday to Friday, except holidays Submission of Application: 11:00 A.M. to 06:00 P.M. Passport Collection: 03:00 P.M. to 05:00 P.M. Hyderabad: Kuwait Visa Application Centre, 8-8-700, Ground Floor, Srida Anushka Pride, Banjara Hills Road No. 12 Contact No. : +91-8688-671162 Timings: Monday to Friday, except holidays Submission of Application: 09:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Passport Collection: 03:00 P.M. to 05:00 P.M. Chennai: Kuwait Visa Application Centre, First Floor(Module 4), Manoj Towers (Coastal Towers), Opp. Mercy Hotel, M.G. Road, Ravipuram, Kochi – 682015 Contact No. : +91-9042-562573 Timings: Monday to Friday, except holidays Submission of Application: 09:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Passport Collection: 03:00 P.M. to 05:00 P.M. Cochin: Kuwait Visa Application Centre, First Floor, Apeejay House, Dinshaw Vacha Road, Near KC College, Churchgate, Mumbai – 400020 Contact No. : +91-8893-919303 Timings: Monday to Friday, except holidays Submission of Application: 11:00 A.M. to 06:00 P.M. Passport Collection: 03:00 P.M. to 05:00 P.M. How to Book Appointment? If you wish to inquire more you can contact the centers through the following details: Place Contact Details (Email and Phone No.) Timings (Monday to Friday, except holidays) Delhi Info.firstname.lastname@example.org +91-1140-558800 09:00 A.M. to 02:30 P.M. Mumbai Info.email@example.com +91-2262-376776 11:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. Hyderabad Info.firstname.lastname@example.org +91-8688-671162 09:00 A.M. to 02:30 P.M. Chennai Info.email@example.com +91-9042-562573 09:00 A.M. to 02:30 P.M. Kochi Info.firstname.lastname@example.org +91-8893-919303 09:00 A.M. to 02:30 P.M. How to check the status of Kuwait Visa Once you submit the application form as well as the necessary documents, you will receive all the notifications regarding the e-Visa through your email ID. Generally, the e-Visa is processed within one business day. You must know that in Kuwait Visa shall not be provided on weekends, i.e., Friday and Saturday and public holidays. It will be ideal for checking the public holidays of the state if you wish to plan for your Visa a few days before your date of visit. However, some application may take up to 3 business days depending on the type of application. Kuwait Tourist Visa What is Kuwait Tourist Visa? The Kuwait Tourist Visa can be availed online that allows you to visit and travel in Kuwait for touristic purposes. The approximate processing time for a Kuwait e-Visa ranges from 1 business day to 3 business days excluding weekends (Friday and Saturday) and public holiday. Once the submission is approved, all the details regarding your e-Visa are provided to your email ID. Due to this reason, it is mandatory for you to have a valid email ID along with a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of entry in Kuwait. Duration of Kuwait Tourist Visa By the online application procedure, the hassles of visiting the Kuwait Embassy or Kuwait Consulate is eliminated leading to a quick and smooth process. However, you should take a note that the Kuwait Visa for Indians is a single-entry Visa that is valid for 90 days. Eligibility Criteria for Kuwait Tourist Visa All nationals including the GCC nationals can apply for a tourist Visa by filling up an online form within a few minutes. You have to provide a few necessary details such as your contact number, your passport details, and your travel details while filling up the form. Documents required for Kuwait Tourist Visa There are some of the necessary documents in Kuwait Visa application which are: Two passport-size photographs The application form filled. A valid passport and a copy of it. Travel Health Insurance Reservation details of your stay in Kuwait Latest bank details. Types of Kuwait Visa There are several types of Visit Visas issued by the Kuwait Embassy depending on the duration of the stay and the number of entries; they are: Kuwait Tourist Visit Visa The tourist visit Visa is issued for foreigners to leisure travel in Kuwait. No business or work shall be allowed during this period. Kuwait Business Visit Visa In case you want to visit Kuwait for business purposes, you can avail the Business Visit Visa. In such cases, the hotel in which you have planned to stay can sponsor for your Visa. Kuwait Family Visit Visa Immediate family members of residents of Kuwait can visit Kuwait with the Family Visit Visa. All you have to provide would be proof of a relationship with the residents of Kuwait for the same. Kuwait Multiple Entry Visa If you have a multiple entry Visa, you are eligible to enter Kuwait multiple times within a one-year duration. Such Visas are useful for people who have to visit Kuwait for business purposes regularly. American nationals are eligible to visit Kuwait with a Multiple Entry Visa with a validity of 10 years with an unlimited number of entries. Other citizens will need a sponsor in the Ministry of Defence in order to avail this type of Visa. Student Visa for Kuwait If you wish to attain higher education from a university in Kuwait, you can be eligible for the same with a student Visa for Kuwait. Kuwait Marriage Visa With a proven relationship with a resident or national of Kuwait, you can get the Kuwait Marriage Visa before marrying or going to a civil relationship with a resident of Kuwait. Kuwait Temporary Worker Visa If you wish to work in Kuwait for a short period can avail this type of Visa to be eligible to work in Kuwait. Kuwaiti Transit Visa The Kuwaiti Transit Visa is applicable for people who transit through the Kuwait Airport to reach the third destination. Usually, the validity of a Kuwaiti Transit Visa ranges from 3 days to 7 days. You can avail the Transit Visa from the Kuwait Consulate in India or the port of entry in Kuwait. However, you will have to note that you have a valid Visa and a confirmed ticket for the third destination. Also, if you do not make use of the transit Visa for seven days, it will automatically expire, and you will have to take a new one. Kuwait Residence Visa If you are not a GCC citizen and you wish to live in Kuwait, you will need a Kuwait Residence Visa which is known as Iqama. There are three types of Kuwait Residence Visa, Domestic Visa, Work Visa, and Dependent Visa. All three Visas require a sponsor. With a Dependent Visa, if you live in Kuwait and are employed, you can bring your spouse as well as your children to live with you. However, you will need a minimum earning of 450 KD (Rs. 1,05,237.35) per month in case of 17-Visa and case of 18-Visa, you must earn at least 650 KD (Rs. 1,52,009.51). In case you and your spouse work in Kuwait, you can sponsor your child provided your combined salary is more than 350 KD (Rs. 81,874.33). There are few limitations such as you a wife cannot sponsor her husband, you can sponsor your parents and adult daughters but sons above 21 years cannot be sponsored. Dependent family members are not eligible to work in Kuwait without a Kuwait Work Visa. Kuwait Work Visa The Kuwait Work Visa is issued for private and public sector employees as per the articles 17 and 18 of the Immigration Regulations. The sponsor needs to apply for the Work Visa from the Ministry of Social Affairs & Labour in Kuwait. Kuwait Domestic Servants Visa Such Visas are issued for the servants of the resident expatriate provided he/she is a full-time servant and ages between 20 and 50 years. However, the resident needs to sponsor for the servant's Visa. This kind of Visa shall not be valid for immediate relatives of the resident. You will be required to provide some documents such as the salary statement of you and your spouse if you are the sponsor for the servant, copy of the housing agreement, copy of the passport of sponsor and wife, copy of civil ID of the sponsor and wife, copy of servant's passport, 8 passport-sized photographs, and copy of servant's work contract. Kuwait Entrance Visa The Kuwait Entrance Visa allows the government as well as civil sector employees to issue Visas for the joining employees. The fees to avail this Visa are 30 KD (Rs. 7,016.43). Kuwait Newborn Child Visa The expatriates residing in Kuwait needs to get a Kuwait Newborn Child Visa when your child is born in Kuwait. Kuwait Visa Fees What are the Fees for Travel Insurance? Purchasing travel insurance for traveling from India to Kuwait might not be imperative. However, it is ideal to be prepared for the worst that can occur during your journey. The insurance cost can vary amongst the insurance providers. You need to compare and choose the one that offers broad coverage with an affordable premium charge. FAQs on Kuwait Visa 1. Is it necessary for me to take a Kuwait Visa? Yes, all Indian citizens must have a valid visa to visit Kuwait. 2. Should I take travel insurance? Yes, it is recommended that you take travel insurance when you go on a trip. Especially on international travels, travel insurance can provide numerous benefits to ensure that you have a safe and stress-free trip. With Bharti AXA, you can create a customized insurance policy based on the needs of your travel. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? Take a look at our FAQ section that resolves commonly-asked queries on travel insurance. How do I benefit with Travel Insurance? Overseas travel insurance protects you when you are travelling in a foreign land. 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