Looking to spend your time in the oil-rich Kuwait? Well, here is a guide to could help you get the best out of the “Hollywood of the Gulf”. Whether you plan on visiting tourist attractions like the Grand Mosque or you’re hoping to start a business, or maybe you want to study in Kuwait, you will require a visa to enter the country. There are different requirements and instructions for the visa and we have them all listed here for you.
Kuwait Visa Types and Their Requirements for Nigerians
Kuwait offers an electronic visa (eVisa) for travelers from a number of nationalities. This visa-type saves you the stress of having to fill long forms and submit too many documents. You won’t also have to wait too long to get your review. Unfortunately, the Kuwait eVisa is not yet available to Nigerians.
The Kuwait eVisa allows the holder a single entry into the country for a period of 90 days. This visa can be obtained and will only require the traveler to answer a series of questions and provide some basic information such as their contact details and passport number.
Completing the form requirements for the visa will only take a matter of minutes and the traveler won’t have to arrange an appointment at a Kuwaiti embassy to receive the visa. The Kuwait eVisa has a processing time of up to 3 business days and will be sent to the traveler by email when approved.
Kuwait Visit Visa
This visa can only be offered by when sponsored by a Kuwait company or a relative that is a resident foreigner staying in Kuwait. The applicant will need to have his visa process and passport stamped to be allowed to stay in Kuwait. Getting a Kuwait visit visa should take at most 2 working days, however, Visit visas for business could take around 7 working days to get approval.
Kuwait Visit Visa For Business Requirements For Nigerians
To obtain a Kuwait visit visa for Business, you must have
- Kuwait sponsor or company
- Kuwait visit visa application and security filled out and signed by the sponsor
- A copy of your Nigerian passport
- A copy of the sponsor’s signature as registered for business purposes
- A copy of the sponsor’s letter of invitation to the business. This should state the purpose of the visit.
Visit Visa For Relatives
If you have immediate family members and other relatives that reside in other countries but want to visit you in Kuwait, they won’t have to meet any criteria but must provide proof of relationship.
Overall, they will have to provide the following documents;
- Proof of relationship
- Copy of the Nigerian passport
- Copy of the civil ID of the family or person that resides in Kuwait
- Recent salary certificate (if it is a foreign sponsor)
Kuwait Multiple Entry Visit Visa
A multiple entry visa allows you to enter Kuwait as many times as you want during a one-year period. This type of visa is mostly approved for business-sponsored foreigners.
Kuwait Residence Visa
If you wish to live in Kuwait, you will need the Kuwait residence visa or iqama. There are three main types of Kuwait residence visas offered to foreigners – work visas, dependent visas, and domestic visas. They all require a sponsor to approve. The expatriate may sponsor his own residence visa as long as he has lived in Kuwait for a long time and has an ample means of income.
Family Visa or Dependent Visa
If you’re already employed in Kuwait and you wish to bring your wife and children to live with you, you can apply for this kind of visa. You will be required to meet a minimum income level to be approved. If you live with your wife in Kuwait and you want to bring your kids you must meet the minimum income level requirement. However, a wife can’t sponsor her husband and parents can’t sponsor sons of over 21 years old. The family members won’t be allowed to work until they convert to a Kuwait work visa.
Getting a dependent visa for a member of your family requires filling an application form in Arabic and providing the following documents;
- Copy of the Nigerian passport for the dependent
- Copy of his civil ID
- Your salary certificate
- Childbirth or marriage certificate that has been approved by the sponsor’s embassy in his origin country.
- When the dependent enters the country, they will have to undergo a medical test and provide their biometric information.
Kuwait Work Visa
Work visas are provided to public and private sector employees who wish to work in the country. To get this type of visa, an employment offer must first be accepted. A Kuwait employer sponsor must apply for a work permit from the Ministry of Social Affairs & Labour. The requirements for such a visa type are to provide the employee’s passport and receive a no-objection certificate from the General Administration of Criminal Investigation at the Ministry of Interior.
The employer will have to send a copy of the work permit to the employee to take to the Kuwaiti embassy.
Domestic Servants visa in Kuwait
Domestic servant visas are issued to resident expatriates’ full-time servants brought in from other countries. The resident will fully sponsor this type of visa.
- If you’re a male sponsor hiring a female servant, you might have a wife living with you.
- The age limit for servants is between 20 and 50 years.
- Photocopy of house rental agreement.
- Photocopy of sponsor’s and wife’s passports.
- Birth certificate or passport to prove the age of the children.
- Photocopy of sponsor’s and wife’s civil ID.
Kuwait Transit Visa
The Kuwait transit visa can be obtained from the consulate of the port authority in Kuwait. When approved, you will be required to put the visa to use within 7 days or it will expire and you will have to get a new one. This visa type can also be applied for online. You will have to complete the visa form and provide your personal information, travel document, and passport information. The visa is only valid for 90 days.