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Updated October 2023
After almost two years of suspension, it was announced in June by the Ministry of Interior, represented by the Residency Affairs Sector, that an issuance of instructions to resume the issuance of family visit visas might be released. However, it was recently revealed by some sources that visit visas could return under new conditions.
The Kuwait family visit visa allows the immediate family members and other relatives who reside in other countries to visit their family members living in Kuwait.
Keep reading as Wego provides everything you need to know about Kuwait family visit visas, their price, minimum salary, documents required, application process and more.
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Kuwait family visit visa 2023 news and update
As per some official sources, the Ministry of Interior will issue new conditions regarding Kuwaiti family visas at the end of this year. Family visas have been suspended for over a year, in the implementation of ministerial directives to re-evaluate the mechanisms for their issuance and apply new mechanisms that prevent visitors from overstaying their permits.
According to the sources, “The new mechanism is almost ready and will be submitted to the Minister of Interior Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled in the coming period.” They further stated, “It will include a granting a special card to the visitor and mandating the visitor gets health insurance, whether they are a son, daughter, or parent of a child older than 16 years old or a parent and their child.”
Moreover, the sources further added that visas would not be issued for a resident’s brother or sister. Additionally, the health insurance fee could reach up to KD 500 and the visit period cannot exceed one month.
Furthermore, the new conditions include that an applicant must ensure the departure of a visitor immediately after the end of the visit period. In case they fail to do so, the residents who applied for their visa will be legally accountable and subjected to financial and administrative punishment, including permanently banning them from issuing a visit visa.
Kuwait family visit visa 2023 rules
The Kuwait family visit visa can be issued to immediate family members and other relatives who reside in other countries and wish to visit their family members living in Kuwait. This type of visa has no eligibility criteria. As long as the traveller has proof of relationship, they can visit the Gulf state with their Kuwait Visit Visa.
Kuwait family visit visa documents required
Here are some of the documents required to be submitted for the issuance of the Kuwait family visit visa:
- required visa application.
- copy of the visitor’s passport valid for 6 months or more after applying.
- one passport-sized photo (recently taken + white background).
- proof of kinship. Please note that certificates issued from the Embassy Department are not counted.
- recent salary certificate for the foreign provider/sponsor if they are working in the Government Sector or from the computer.
- original and copy of the civil ID of the sponsor (or the family who resides in Kuwait)
- Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)
Kuwait family visit visa minimum salary
Previously, a Kuwaiti resident wishing to sponsor their family to Kuwait while applying for the Kuwait family visit visa must have a minimum salary of KWD 450 (USD 1,455.41) per month.
However, as recently reported by the sources, the issuance of Kuwait family visit visas will soon be resumed, and the first stage will cover children, after which the process of allowing wives, mothers and fathers to join their families in the country will gradually begin, based on the criteria to be determined by the ministry.
Furthermore, the minimum salary requirement of the sponsor will be KWD 500 (USD 1,617) per month.
Kuwait family visit visa validity
The validity period of a Kuwait family visit visa or the Kuwait visit visa, in general, is 90 days (3 months). Visitors are allowed a stay of 30 days in the country after entry.
How to apply for the Kuwait family visit visa?
To apply for the Kuwait family visit visa, follow the steps given below:
- visit the nearest Kuwait Embassy in your country and submit the required documents mentioned above for a family visit visa.
- fill out the Visa Application Form.
- pay the due visa fee. The Kuwait family visit visa application costs 3KD ($9.70).
Please note that if you are a Kuwaiti citizen, visit the General Department of Immigration in any governorate and submit the required documents. However, in case you are a non-Kuwaiti resident, visit the General Department of Immigration in the governorate you refer to and submit the required documents.
What is the Kuwait family visit visa price?
The price of a Kuwait family visit visa is 3KD ($9.70).