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Kuwait Visa Information

Passports and visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Kuwait. The cost for U.S. citizens for single entry visas is $150.00 and $175.00 for multiple entries. Holders of U.S. passports can have visa entries issued upon arrival to Kuwait; however, to facilitate their entry, it is preferable for them to get their visas through your local consulate or embassy.

Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Kuwait, otherwise travelers risk being denied entry.   The Government of Kuwait has advised that they will not accept limited-validity (emergency) passports and bearers of such passports will not be granted visas at the airport. U.S. citizens with residency in Kuwait must obtain prior approval from Kuwaiti immigration authorities to enter on a temporary passport.  Travelers who overstay their visas may be required to pay large fines and/or may be subject to imprisonment before being permitted to depart Kuwait. Travelers who leave Kuwait without completing Kuwaiti exit procedures may also be required to pay large fines and/or be imprisoned upon their return.

Kuwaiti officials are extremely sensitive about travel to Iraq. There have been instances in which U.S. citizens, especially dual nationals, have been detained for questioning at ports of entry/exit. U.S. citizens seeking to travel to Iraq through Kuwait or enter Kuwait from Iraq have also on occasion been turned around and/or detained.

U.S. citizens seeking residency in Kuwait should obtain the necessary documents prior to arriving in Kuwait and follow the proper procedures to have the documents authenticated by the Department of State and attested by the Embassy of the State of Kuwait or Kuwait Consulates. This includes U.S.-issued vital records and police clearances. Government of Kuwait regulations require the verification of the informational content of such documents; the U.S. Embassy cannot provide this service.