Kuwait Reintroduces Visit Visas for Expat Families, Tourists etc…

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 5: The Ministry of Interior has decided to resume the issuance of visit visas for family, commercial and tourism purposes under new conditions starting from Wednesday

In a press statement, the ministry disclosed this complies with the instructions of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and acting Minister of Interior Sheikh Fahd Yusuf Al-Sabah and the desire to stimulate commercial, economic and tourism movement in the country; while taking into account the social aspects.

The ministry added that the residency affairs departments in various governorates will receive visa applicants who should book an appointment through the Matta platform.

The following are the conditions for the issuance of visit visa for a family member:

  • The visa is granted to the parents, wife and children of expatriate workers provided their salary is not less than KD400 and not less than KD800 for other relatives.

This requires approval of some terms and conditions that must be met to issue the visa as follows:

  • Provide roundtrip travel tickets on airlines affiliated with the national airlines (national carrier).
  • A written pledge not to demand that these visits be converted into residence in the country.
  • Pledge to adhere to the duration of the visit.
  • Visitor treatment will be in private hospitals and health centers, as such treatment will not be permitted in government hospitals.
  • If the visitor violates the specified period of stay, the Residence Affairs Investigations General Department will include both the visitor and the sponsor in the security control system, through which the violator will be followed up by the department and the legal procedures followed for violators of the Foreigners Residency Law will be applied.

Commercial visa

  • It is issued upon a request submitted by a Kuwaiti company or institution and is granted to persons holding university or technical qualifications, in a manner commensurate with the company’s activity and the nature of its work.

Tourist visa

  • For the citizens of 53 countries, the visa is granted to them either directly from the port of entry upon arrival to the country or through an electronic visa on the ministry’s website –www.moi.gov.kw.
  • For residents of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries where entry visas for tourism are issued to persons with professions specified in Ministerial Resolution number 2030/2008 and its amendments, and following the rules and regulations specified in the aforementioned Ministerial Resolution.
  • Through hotels and companies that have an automatic link with the system of the Residence Affairs General Department under the applicable regulations.

List of 53 countries eligible for visit visa on arrival:
ANDORRA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BELGIUM-
BHUTAN
BRUNEI
BULGARIA
CAMBODIA
CANADA
CHINA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH
DENMARK
ESTONIA
FINLAND
FRANCE
GEORGIA
GERMANY
GREECE
HUNGARY
ICELAND
IRELAND
ITALY
JAPAN
LAOS
LATVIA
LIECHTENSTEIN
LITHUANIA
LUXEMBOURG
MALAYSIA
MALTA
MONACO
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
POLAND
PORTUGAL
ROMANIA
SAN MARINO
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SOUTH KOREA
SPAIN
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
HONG KONG
TURKEY
UKRAINE
UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED STATES
VATICAN

By Munif Naif
Al-Seyassah/Arab Times Staff

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