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Kuwait Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes
EU Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes


To enter Kuwait, a passport valid for at least six months is required by nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport Note

You may be refused entry in to Kuwait if you have an Israeli visa or Israeli border stamp in your passport.


Visas for Kuwait are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. 

However, nationals from Australia, Canada, the USA and the EU (except nationals of Croatia) can obtain a one-month visa on arrival for business or touristic purposes if arriving by air.

All visitors must have an onward ticket.

Visa Note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Kuwait.

Types and Cost

Visa on arrival; single- and multiple-entry visas: costs for all visas depend on the applicant's nationality.

30-day visas on arrival are free to British nationals. British passport holders can also obtain a 90-day visa on arrival for a fee.


Visa on arrival: one month. Check with the embassy for the validity of other visas.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Working days

If you apply for a visa in advance, allow five working days for processing.

Extension of stay

You cannot usually extend the one-month visa.

Entry with pets

If bringing a pet to Kuwait, your animal must have a certificate of good health issued by a licensed vet and must have been vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days and not more than 12 months before travelling. You also need to obtain an import permit from the Animal Health department.

This page reflects our understanding of current rules for the most common types of travel to the said country. However, please note that each authority sets and forces entry rules, hence we strongly recommend that you verify critical information with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the State of Kuwait in the USA

Telephone: (202) 966 0702.
Address: NW, 2940 Tilden Street, Washington, 20008,
Opening times:

Embassy of the State of Kuwait in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7590 3400 or 3415 (consular section).
Address: , 2 Albert Gate, London, SW1X 7JU,
Opening times:

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1230 and 1400-1600 (visa collection only). Open 1000-1400 during Ramadan.

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