Kuwait shortens visa validity period to 30 days

29 Jul 15

KUWAIT

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Kuwait has reduced the validity period for both visit visas and visas-on-arrival from 90 days to 30.

What does the change mean? Foreign nationals traveling to Kuwait on either type of visa will be permitted to stay in the country for a maximum of 30 days. Visit visas will be canceled if the holder does not enter Kuwait within 30 days of their issuance. Travelers who obtain visas-on-arrival will have to exit the country within 30 days and wait at least 72 hours before applying for a new visa.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visit visas, visas-on-arrival.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals traveling to Kuwait on either type of visa.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing times may not be directly affected, but the changes will complicate the visa application process for those who need to stay in Kuwait beyond 30 days.
  • Business impact: Businesses should be cognizant of the changes and make certain that their employees do not overstay their visas.

Background: Kuwait’s director of residency affairs reduced the visa validity period and implemented the changes earlier this month.

BAL Analysis: The reduction of the validity period for visit visas and visas-on-arrival will make stays of more than 30 days in Kuwait more difficult. The information is new and may not have reached all Kuwaiti embassies and consulates abroad. Visa holders should nonetheless take note of the new rules to avoid the risk of having their visas canceled or facing penalties.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Kuwait. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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