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Kuwait suspends visit visas: what happens now?

Kuwait’s Interior Ministry has suspended the issuance of tourist visit visas and family visit visas effective on Monday (June 27).

The decision takes effect “until further notice” and comes under instructions of First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah.

According to the ministry, the decision to suspend the issuance of tourist visit visas and family visit visas comes ahead of a “new regulatory mechanism” for residency affairs.

A family visit visa is an entrance visa allowing relatives to visit their family member who is living in Kuwait. The single entry visa enables them to stay for up to 30 days in Kuwait. A tourist visit visa allows leisure travels single entry into Kuwait and enables them to stay for up to 30 days in the country.

What happens now?

Kuwait’s Interior Ministry did not give a timeframe as to when the issuance of tourist visit visas or family visit visas will resume. It also did not say whether the new rule applies to visit visa extensions.

Under the current law, those holding a Kuwait visit visa are able to extend their stay and pay 10 Kuwaiti Dinars per day. Those with expired visit visa will not be allowed to leave the country until the fine is paid.

Meanwhile, other visa types issued by Kuwait authorities are still available, including a visit visa for business. Under this visa, the applicant must have a Kuwaiti sponsor or a company sponsor.

The application form must be filled out by the sponsor and the sponsor’s signature must be registered for business purposes. The applicant must also have a copy of the sponsor’s letter of invitation, stating the business purpose of the visit.

There is also the Kuwait multiple entry visit visa that is typically used by business-sponsored foreigners, or those sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. The multiple entry visit visa allows the holder to visit Kuwait as many times within a one-year period. ICA/Expat Media


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