Expatriates in Kuwait can now transfer their visit visa to residence visa as per the ministerial decree No. 957 of 2019 issued by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah.

In the said decree visit visas are allowed to be transferred to residence visa over these categories.

  • Family dependents
  • Domestic helpers
  • Residence visa holders who stayed outside Kuwait in less than 6 months but have to enter with visit visa
  • Expats who will enter for work but required to leave for as long as one month
  • Visitors with Government visit visas


Visa on Arrival – KD3

Renewal of Visa – KD10/person

Dependent residency fees (spouse and children) – KD10 per person/year

The By-Laws and Laws in Detail

Article 1: Expats must have valid passport issued by the country or authority before entering or exiting Kuwait.

Article 2: Expats must only enter or exit from country’s ports as follows:

  • Kuwait International Airport
  • Mina Abdullah
  • Abdali
  • Failaka
  • Salmi
  • Doha Port
  • Al Nuwaiseeb
  • Shuwaikh Port
  • Abdullah Port
  • Port of Zour
  • Southern Ahmadi Port
  • Shuaiba Port

Article 3: An expatriate must enter the country using an entry visa officially issued by the General Directorate of Residence Affairs.

Article 4: Types of entry visas for expatriates

  • Entry visa to work in the government
  • Entry visa to work in the private sector
  • Entry visa for domestic workers
  • Entry visa for practicing a commercial or industry activity
  • Entry visa to join the family
  • Entry visa to study
  • Entry visa for medical treatment
  • Entry visa for the visit (government, commercial, private, family)
  • Entry visa for traffic
  • Entry visa for drivers of transport vehicles
  • Entry visa for tourism
  • Emergency entry
  • Multiple entry visa
  • Entry visa for a temporary government contract

Source: arabtimesonline


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