The General Department of Public Relations and Security Media and the Ministry of Interior announced that residents who are renewed their residency starting March 10, 2019, or those who transferred their residency information to their new passport must always carry their Civil ID and passports when entering or leaving Kuwait.
Additionally, the written name in the passport must the ones found on the Civil ID must match to avoid mistakes which could be a total hassle when departing or entering Kuwait.
Residency stickers will be also unavailable and Civil ID will be its replacement. The decision is as follows:
- The Civil ID will be considered as a proof of residency for foreigners in the state of Kuwait instead of the residency stickers.
- Foreigners holding a normal residence are not allowed to enter or leave Kuwait unless they hold a valid passport issued by the competent authorities of their countries or travel document and a valid civil ID.
- People who have the valid residency sticker on their passport or travel documents before March 10, 2019, are allowed to leave or enter the country with their passports.
- Residency sticker shall be continued in the case of temporary residency or exit notices. These people are allowed to leave the country permanently by their passports without a valid civil ID.
- The Latin name in the passport must match with the Civil ID to avoid any mistakes that may effect on departure or arrival to the state of Kuwait.
In case your Civil ID gets lost while you are outside Kuwait, you must go to the Kuwait embassy and secure a verified certificate in order to use it when entering Kuwait. Once back, visit immediately the Public Authority For Civil Information for the issuance of the new ID.
In case you lost your Civil ID in a country that does not have a Kuwait embassy, the person that represents you legally should visit the General Department of Residency Affairs to issue a certificate to you.
Civil ID must be carried together with the passport when entering or leaving the kuwait
Posted by MOI KUW on Tuesday, June 18, 2019