Kuwait is an Arab country that is known for its modern architecture, culture and history. This beautiful country is situated in the Middle East and its currency is called Kuwaiti Dinar. Many Indians wish to travel to Kuwait for various purposes such as employment, tourism, business, etc.
To enter Kuwait, Indians require a visa and valid passport. The passport has to be valid for a minimum of 6 months. The Kuwaiti visas differ depending on the purpose of travel.
Types of Kuwait Visa:
There are different types of Kuwaiti visas that Indians can apply for. Some of them are:
- Tourist Visa – This visa can be availed only for the purpose for tourism which includes sightseeing, vacationing, recreational activities, etc.
- Visit Visa – This visa allows a stay of up to 30 days after entry and is valid for 90 days. It takes the Kuwait Embassy at least a week to process this visa. The visitor has to be sponsored by a Kuwaiti Company or Resident or a Resident foreigner (relative of the visitor). Indians can avail this visa from the Kuwait Embassy in India or through the office of Kuwait Airways. Visitors who are related to a resident foreigner can get a visit visa by submitting the application form, security form from the resident foreigner, passport copy, sponsor’s passport and civil ID along with copies of the same, sponsor’s salary certificate and relationship proof.
- Work Visa/Permit – Indians who wish to work in Kuwait have to apply for a work visa/permit. A person cannot work in Kuwait using a visit visa. Work visa in the country is issued under Article 17 and 18 of the immigration regulations of Kuwait. To get this visa, the employer has to submit a copy of the employee’s passport to get a work permit from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour Affairs. An NOC has to be obtained by the employer from the General Administration of Criminal Investigation by submitting the personal details of the employee. After getting the NOC and work permit from the employer, employees have to apply for an entry visa and provide documents such as PCC (Police Clearance Certificate), good conduct certificate, medical certificate, passport, education certificates, etc. In Kuwait, employees have to submit their fingerprints to get security clearance.
- Transit Visa – This visa is valid for 7 days and can be availed from the Kuwaiti Consulate office or from a Kuwait Port Authority. To get this visa, applicants must have a confirmed onward ticket and visa to the next destination.