KUWAIT CITY, Nov 25: The Ministry of Interior has once again started issuing visit visas to citizens of 53 countries, after a hiatus of about two years. The visas were stopped following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic to protect the citizens and residents from infection, reports Al-Rai daily. The visas were then available on arrival at the Kuwait International Airport but now the visa has to be applied “online” and obtained before arriving in the country. The sources told the daily the applicant must not forget to upload the vaccination certificate along with the visa application, and if approved must pay the fees before registering on the “My Immunity” application.
Upon arrival in Kuwait it is mandatory to produce a negative PCR test certificate acquired 72 hours before travel. The 53 countries are Spain, Germany, Andorra, Ukraine, Ireland, Iceland, Australia, Estonia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Vatican, the United Kingdom, Norway, Austria, the United States of America, Japan, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Brunei, Poland, Turkey, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Republic of Hungary, Georgia, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Switzerland, Serbia, France, Finland, Cyprus, Croatia, Cambodia, Canada, South Korea, Latvia, Laos, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Malta, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand and Holland.
The Public Relations and Security Media Department at the Ministry of Interior announced the electronic visa system (E-Visa), has now been updated on the Ministry of Interior website for the 53 countries, in addition to some residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries whose professions are stipulated in the Ministerial Resolution No. 220/2008. They include doctors and pharmacists, lawyers, engineers, consultants, judges and members of the public prosecution, university professors, journalists and media professionals, pilots, systems analysts, computer programmers, managers, businessmen, members of the diplomatic corps, owners and directors and representatives of companies and commercial establishments as well as holders of Saudi Premium Residency.