With the ever strong petroleum industry, Kuwait does not lack in resources. However, what makes them different from the rest of the rich Arab countries is their focus on the financial sector. Along with this, there are several other opportunities to perform business in the country. To do this, however, one would require a Kuwait Business Visa.
To perform business-related activities, one requires a business permit to enter the country. This type of permit is given for a duration of 30 days to be used in a 90-day period with a single entry. However, a multiple-entry visa may be issued when your business sponsor is the ministry of defense. Residents of GCC countries and a few other nations can get a visa on arrival in the country.
The process of applying for the Kuwait Business Visa for Indian citizens can be followed below. Please note that if you are an Indian citizen residing in one of the GCC countries, you may be eligible for the visa on arrival.
Alternately, your sponsor in Kuwait can apply for the visa over there for you. This will require you to provide them with your passport copies, and details.
Ensure that you provide the right details and genuine documents. Providing false information can lead to your visa being rejected. A visa rejection is considered a black mark in your passport.
To be able to apply for the business permit, you must meet the below Kuwait business visa requirements.
Once you have your permit, keep in mind the following points -
As per the embassy requirements, the following are the list of necessary documents for the application.
The time taken to process the permit varies upon several factors. These include the workload at the embassy, single entry or multiple entries and so on. Normally, the visa is processed within 10 working days. However, in cases with complications, these can increase.
The fees for the permit depends on the duration of the business visa, whether it is single entry or multiple entries. It also depends on any extra charges for faster visa processing as well as the service charges for the agencies.
Once your visa has been submitted, it will begin being processed. If it has been approved, you will receive the visa via email.
To track your visa, you will have to email the embassy or contact the registered travel agent through whom you have applied for the visa.
No, a medical test is not mandatory for the business permit. However, if you are coming from a country that has been infected with certain diseases, you will require vaccination and a medical certificate showing that you are healthy. You might also be subjected to a medical exam upon arrival in Kuwait.
The normal visit visa is issued as a single-entry permit and valid for a month. However, in cases where the sponsor is the ministry of defense, you can apply for a multiple-entry visa for a one year period. For Americans, there is a multiple-entry visa issued for upto 10 years.
No, you cannot. As per the recent regulations, the visit visa cannot be extended or transferred to another type of visa. You will have to leave when the visa expires, or you will be subjected to fines. To apply for another visa, you will have to apply for it from outside Kuwait.