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Updated June 2024

Considering that a European excursion is undoubtedly a top priority for many travellers, it is likely that you’ll need a short-term visa allowing you to explore the Schengen Area and realise your travel aspirations.

If you desire to travel from Kuwait to Europe, Wego offers everything you need about the Schengen visa; the required documents, the detailed procedure and guidelines, and how and where to apply in Kuwait.

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The new fees, as outlined in the Official Journal of the European Union, specify that adult applicants will now pay EUR 90 instead of EUR 80, and children between 6 and 12 years will pay EUR 45 instead of EUR 40. This change applies only to Schengen areas.

What is a Schengen visa?

The Schengen Area is a passport-free zone in Europe, which means that there are no requirements for a passport and any border-control activities in this zone. It is the largest free travel zone in the world.

A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any member of the Schengen Area per stay for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. The Schengen visa is the most common visa for Europe. It enables its holder to enter, freely travel within, and leave the Schengen zone from any Schengen member country. There are no border controls within the Schengen Zone.

Currently, the Schengen Area consists of 29 member countries.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Digital Schengen visa

The European Council has announced the introduction of an online platform aimed at streamlining the visa application process. This platform allows visa applicants to input all relevant data, upload electronic copies of their travel documents and supporting materials, and complete payment for visa fees. Generally, in-person appearances will only be required for first-time applicants, individuals with expired biometric data, and those with new travel documents. Additionally, the new online system replaces the traditional visa sticker with a cryptographically signed barcode.

To learn more about the Digital Schengen Visa, check out our article below for additional details.

Schengen Visa Online: What We Know So Far About the Upcoming Digital Schengen Visa

 

Schengen Visa for Paris Olympics 2024

The Paris Olympics 2024, officially designated as the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad and widely recognized as Paris 2024, is a forthcoming global multi-sport gathering. It marks the largest event ever to be hosted in France and is scheduled to take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024. Taking a Schengen Visa during the time of the Olympics might be an excellent choice to explore France and get immersed in one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world.

Do Kuwaitis need to apply for Schengen visa?

Yes, Kuwaiti passport holders are required to obtain a Schengen visa in order to enter any European country in the Schengen Zone. To be eligible to file your visa application at the Schengen embassies/consulates or visa application centers (VACs) in Kuwait, you must belong to one of the following categories:

  • Kuwaiti passport holders.
  • third-world nationals who are required to obtain a visa to Europe, living in Kuwait under a permanent or temporary residence permit.

What is the validity of the Schengen visa?

The validity of the Schengen visa is 90 days within 180 days. Furthermore, the Schengen visa is categorized into the following:

  • single-entry: Allows for a single entry to the Schengen area. Upon departure, you will not be able to use your single-entry Schengen visa to return
  • double-entry: You are allowed to enter the Schengen Area twice. This means that you can enter the Schengen area within the allowed period, leave, and reenter
  • multiple-entry: You will be granted the right to enter any Schengen state as many times as you wish within a six-month period.

How to apply for a Schengen visa in Kuwait?

Documents and requirements

You must prepare these documents for your Schengen visa from Kuwait:

  • Schengen visa application form, filled and signed.
  • two recent identity photographs following guidelines.
  • a valid Kuwaiti passport that is not older than 10 years and is valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you plan to leave the Schengen area must be submitted.
  • round-trip flight itinerary, including internal flights. Please note that it must include dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area.
  • travel health insurance with EUR 30,000 coverage.
  • proof of accommodation (hotel bookings, Airbnb, or invitation letter).
  • proof of financial means that shows you have money to support yourself financially throughout your stay in the Schengen Area. This can be one of the following:
    • bank account statement that shows you have enough money in your account for the trip. The statement shall be no older than three months
    • sponsorship letter by another person that confirms they will be financially supporting your trip to the Schengen. In order for this letter to be valid, it must be accompanied by a bank statement of the sponsor, no older than three months
    • a combination of your bank account statement and a letter of sponsorship
  • proof of paid visa fee

Please note that some additional documents might also be required. Hence, make sure to consult with your Consulate/Embassy or visa application center for more details.

Steps to apply for Schengen visa in Kuwait

In order to apply for a Schengen visa from Kuwait, you must follow these steps:

  • check which Schengen visa type you need. There are different Schengen visa types depending on your purpose of traveling from Kuwait to Europe.
  • check where you need to apply for a Schengen visa in Kuwait. Pay attention to the embassy/consulate/VAC where you need to apply.
  • decide when to apply for a Schengen visa in Kuwait. The earliest time you can lodge your Schengen visa application in Kuwait is 6 months before your planned trip. In contrast, the latest time to file your visa application is at least 15 working days before you intend to travel to Europe.
  • collect the documents required for a Schengen visa for Kuwaiti citizens.
  • make an appointment for an interview at the visa application center in Kuwait. Depending on the country, you may make an appointment online, by phone, or in person. Below in this article, you can find more information about each EU embassy/consulate located in Kuwait.
  • attend the interview on the day of your appointment.
  • pay the visa fee. All Schengen states have fixed and synchronized visa fees.
  • wait for the processing of your visa.

Please note that you might be required to provide your biometric details at the time of your application, especially if it is the first time you are applying for a Schengen visa.

For more details, check out our dedicated article on biometrics for Schengen visa below:

Schengen Biometric 2023: The Latest Information Regarding Schengen Biometric Data

 

Schengen visa processing time

Schengen embassies/consulates in Kuwait will typically require you to schedule an appointment 4-6 weeks in advance. The applications usually take around two weeks to process.

However, during busier periods (depending on your particular situation), it can take up to a month or two. Hence it is advised to apply early. You can apply up to 6 months in advance.

What is the price of a Schengen visa in Kuwait?

The following is the current price cap for Schengen visa for Kuwaiti residents:

  • adults: EUR 90 (approx KWD 30)
  • child between 6-12 years of age: EUR 45 (approx KWD 15)
  • child younger than 6 years of age: FREE

Where to apply for a Schengen visa in Kuwait?

The Embassies and Consulates representing each Schengen country in Kuwait provide the opportunity for travellers to submit their Schengen visa applications.

Please carefully consider these regulations, as it is vital to submit your application to the correct authority. Filing your application with the wrong authority can lead to the denial of your Schengen visa application.

Austria

VFS Global, Kuwait
Level 28, Arraya Centre Al Shuhada Street, Al Asimah Governorate, Kuwait
Tel: +965 22281047
Email: [email protected]

Austrian Embassy, Kuwait
Daiyah, Block 3, Ahmed Shawki Street, House No. 10, Kuwait
Tel: (+965) 2255 2532

Belgium

Embassy of Belgium in Kuwait
Block 13, Street 4, Villa 8, Bayan 13033 Kuwait Kuwait
Tel: +965 253 897 55
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Czech Republic

VFS Global, Kuwait
VFS Global, Arrayah tower, floor 25, Omar Ben Al Khattab Street, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Tel: +965 22971114
Email: [email protected]

Denmark

VFS Global, Kuwait
Level 28, Arraya Centre, Al Shuhada Street, Al Asimah Governorate, Near Courtyard by Marriott. Kuwait City.
Email: [email protected]

France

Capago Kuwait
Arraya Shopping Centre, Tower 1, 24th Floor, Al Shuhada Street, Sharq, Kuwait City
Tel: +965 222 85 785
Email: [email protected]

Germany

VFS Global, Kuwait
Level 25, Arraya Tower – 2, Al Shuhada Street, Al Asimah Governorate, Near Courtyard by Marriott, Kuwait City
Email: [email protected]

Greece

Greek Embassy Consular Office in Kuwait
Khaldiya, Block 4, Street 44, House 4
Tel: 00965 24817 100-2
Email: [email protected]

Hungary

Embassy of Hungary in Kuwait
Kuwait, Bayan, Block 13, Street 30, Villa 38
Tel: 2537 9351, 2537 9352

Italy

Embassy of Italy in Kuwait
Jabriya, Block 9, Street 1, Villa 84 – Kuwait
Tel: +(965)25356010/1/2
Email: [email protected]

Lithuania

Consular Information Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Of Lithuania
Surra, Bloque 3, Calle 14, Villa 19, Kuwait
Tel: + 965 2 532 58 28/ 29
Email: [email protected]

Netherlands and Sweden

VFS Global, Kuwait
Level 28, Arraya Centre, Al Shuhada Street, Al Asimah Governorate, Near Courtyard by Marriott, Kuwait City
Tel: 00965-22254676
Email: [email protected]

Norway

Norway Consular, Kuwait
Al-Jabriya, Kuwait
Tel: +965 94467001
Email: [email protected]

Poland

Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the State of Kuwait
Al-Jabriya, Block 7, Street 3, Villa 20 P.O. Box 5066 Safat, 13051 Kuwait
Tel: +965 253 11 573
Email: [email protected]

Spain

Embassy of Spain in Kuwait
Address: Surra, Block 3, St. 14, Bldg. 19 PO Box 22207 13083, Safat, Kuwait
Tel: +965-2-532-5827, +965-2-532-5828, +965-2-532-5829
Email: [email protected]

BLS International in Kuwait
Office No 224, 22nd Floor, Baitak Tower, Ahmed Al Jaber Street, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Tel: +965 22240677
Email: [email protected]

Switzerland

Embassy of Switzerland, Kuwait
Qortuba, Block 2, Street 1 Villa 122, Kuwait
Tel:+965 25 34 01 72, +965 25 34 01 73, +965 25 34 01 74, +965 25 34 01 75
Email: [email protected]

 

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