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What type of Kuwait visa to apply?

asked Jul 2, 2017 in Other by Igor
edited Jul 2, 2017
I plan to come to Kuwait from Iran by sea (“Valfajr 8 Shipping Co” at http://www.valfajr.ir/156/index.aspx) and then in 1.5 days leave Kuwait to my country (Ukraine, the flight via Istanbul) by plane. Turkey is visafree for Ukrainians. So what type of Kuwait visa (transit, tourist etc.) should I apply for? When and where to apply? Thanks.

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4 Answers

answered Jul 2, 2017 by Mark (59,960 points)

Ukraine isn't listed so don't think you'll be able to get an entry visa.
commented Jul 3, 2017 by Igor
Thank you! I understand that and don't think about e-Visa system or visa upon arrival. But I can enter Kuwait by other types of visa, can't I? The question is what type of visa I should apply for in the current conditions.
commented Jul 3, 2017 by Mark (59,960 points)
if you can't enter as a tourist you're gonna have to have a company or relative apply for a visa for you
commented Jul 3, 2017 by Igor
Ok. If hotel is my sponsor, what type of visa is better for me to apply for? Is transit visa possible?
commented Jul 3, 2017 by Sam
If I'm not wrong, a hotel will get you a 'Tourist Visa' which is valid for 3 months. It's cheap (2 KD + Hotel handling charges) so if you get that it should be no problem.
commented Jul 3, 2017 by Mark (59,960 points)
But they only give tourist visas to countries on the list and ukraine doesn't seem to be on the list.

Igor: if your hotel is the sponsor they'll get you the visa they can get you which would be a business or tourist visa. call them and find out if they can get u a visa.
commented Jul 3, 2017 by Igor
Thank you for the answers! I understood that it's not easy for me to receive Kuwait visa. And that transit visa for 1.5 day is not possible. (((
commented Jul 4, 2017 by Sam
They only give e-visas to nationals of the countries listed... so in his case he would get a paper visa which would need to be handed over to the airport desk by his hotel.

At least that's how it works for me. My country isn't listed in the evisa site either, but I've been to Kuwait plenty of times.
commented Jul 4, 2017 by Igor
Dear Sam, if you know, could you, please, give more detailes to vasii@i.ua.
Will any hotel be accepted as a sponsor?
Do hotels want payments for this service?
Is it correct that if I made an agreement with a hotel I simply buy an airplane or boat ticket, go to Kuwait and will be given visa at the entry?
Is the charge for this visa 3KD as usual? When is it paid?
Is there any difference if I want to enter Kuwait from Iran by boat?
What documents do I need to apply: passport (for sure), information from my Ukrainian employer, information about my health or something else?
Will I be given 2-3 days of stay in Kuwait by this visa?
Thank you!
answered Jul 4, 2017 by Sam
Igor here is the process for me:

1) Tell your hotel your dates of arrival in Kuwait and tell them that you need a visa. It's important to do this in advance as in my experience it takes 5-7 working days for the visa to be processed. Make sure you let them know you're coming by sea.
2) The hotel will be your sponsor and apply for your visa - they'll need your passport copy as a minimum, and if I'm not wrong, a copy of the highest education degree received by you.
As I said, it should not cost more than 5 KD, the condition being you'll have to stay at the hotel that is sponsoring you (that's the benefit they get out of the whole thing). In my case, the visa charges are included in my hotel bill.
3) The hotel should mail you a scanned copy of your visa, once approved. It will be in Arabic, the only thing to check if your name and passport details are correct.
4) Now here's the catch - while coming by air, my hotel drops off the visa at the airport. I already have a printout of the scanned copy, and just before immigration there is a counter where I show them the printout of the visa, and I get the physical copy of the real visa. I'm not sure if this will work if you're coming in by sea, or if this is even an option at the seaport.

Good luck, I hope this helped a little.
commented Jul 4, 2017 by Igor
edited Jul 4, 2017
Sam, thanks a lot again and good luck for you! The process is clear. Even more important is that your answer gave hope and optimism that Kuwait can be friendly to tourists and visiting Kuwait is possible. )))
answered Jul 4, 2017 by Kuwait (4,470 points)
Been in Kuwait forever and never knew you could enter by Boat.
answered Jul 25, 2017 by Igor
Is anybody could be so kind to suggest the hotel which can apply for my visa? I had letters with some hotels and they are not ready to do this. Thanks!
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