Kuwait eVisa Requirements for Citizens of the United States

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The government of Kuwait implemented an electronic visa in 2016, known as the Kuwait eVisa, to simplify obtaining a valid permit to enter the country for short term visits for tourism. It is available to visitors from selected countries, including Americans.

The eVisa frees American nationals from having to schedule personal appointments at the embassy to obtain a visa. Instead, they can comfortably receive their Kuwait eVisa via email once their application has been approved.

Eligibility of US Citizens for the Kuwait eVisa

The Visa policy for Kuwait defines the nationalities eligible to apply for the e-Visa and what conditions they must meet to obtain one. Travelers from the United States constitute a majority of visitors to Kuwait. The following are the basic requirements they must meet to obtain the Kuwait eVisa:

  • They only require a single entry into the country
  • They will visit the country for leisure and tourism purposes
  • They arrive 30 days or before their e-Visa has been issued
  • Their stay in Kuwait will not exceed 90 days

If US passport holders are interested in visiting Kuwait for other reasons such as relocating for professional motives or staying for longer than 3 months, they should organize an appointment at the Kuwaiti embassy in Washington DC for further information.

Kuwait eVisa Application Requirements for US Citizens

Before applying for the Kuwait eVisa, we recommend Americans to read through the visa requirements for US travelers. These conditions are highly accessible to international visitors and very easy to meet. Applicants must confirm they possess the following documentation:

  • A US passport valid for at least 190 days on the application date
  • A digital copy of the passport’s biographical page
  • A current email address
  • A bank card to pay the service fee for the Kuwait eVisa

The requirement for the passport’s validity’ length is essential. Americans with a passport with a validity inferior to 190 days when they are applying for the Kuwait eVisa should send it for renewal as soon as possible with their local authorities. They should also store a digital version of their passport’s biographical page ready before applying.

We recommend they request their eVisa with an email id they frequently use since all the communications will be done online. Lastly, the bank card they will use to pay the service fee for the eVisa needs to be authorized for international transactions beforehand.

US travelers must note that their passports will be electronically linked to the Kuwait eVisa once their application has been processed and approved by the Kuwaiti authorities. They will only be granted entry in Kuwait with the same passport they used during their eVisa request.

Applying for the Kuwait eVisa as a US Citizen

US nationals can begin the application process of the Kuwait electronic visa by completing an online form with their personal, passport, and travel details. American passport holders will be required to provide proof of their accommodation in Kuwait while completing the online questionnaire.

Travelers from the US should carefully review their answers on the Kuwait eVisa form and ensure that the information matches that shown on their US passport.

American traveling parties with minors should note that each visitor must obtain their individual Kuwait eVisa. The parents or legal guardians of any underage citizen can submit their form on their behalf without any issues.

Traveling to Kuwait as a US Citizen with the eVisa

US applicants with an approved Kuwait eVisa will receive a confirmation email with their electronic visa attached. They must print out a copy and keep it next to their travel documents before their departure.

The evaluation process for the Kuwait eVisa can take from 24 to 72 hours. We recommend American tourists to apply at least 5 business days before their arrival to account for any delays during busy touristic periods.

Please note that once they receive the eVisa, Americans have 30 days to enter Kuwait. If their arrival is later than this period, the eVisa is annulled, and they will require a new one. They should also plan their departure to be no longer than 3 months after entering the country since the maximum number of days they can remain in the country is 90.

Upon reaching border controls, American visitors will be required to submit their passport and printed eVisa for inspection before being granted entry into the country. We recommend they safe-keep their printed eVisa with them at all times while in the country.

Do Americans transiting through Kuwait need the eVisa?

US travelers simply transiting through Kuwait do not require the eVisa as long as they stay in the International Transit Area. However, if they plan to momentarily exit the airport for some quick sightseeing during their stopover, they will need to have an approved Kuwait eVisa before their arrival.

How to extend the Kuwait eVisa for US tourists

Us nationals currently in Kuwait who need to extend their eVisa granted period (90 days) can request an eVisa extension. The process is fairly straightforward, and they will simply require the reference number of their initial eVisa application.

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