Many visitors are surprised to discover Kuwait’s intriguing, diverse sights and attractions, which range from educational museums and galleries to ancient buildings and bustling markets. However, before you start planning things to see and do during your visit, you may want to read up on what Kuwait visa requirements for Indians you’ll need to fulfil in order to enter the country.
In some circumstances (full details and criteria included below), you may be able to apply for an Electronic Visa (eVisa) in advance of your trip. This is the easiest and quickest way of obtaining your travel pass and can be completed in just a few minutes with Byevisa.
The online visa for Kuwait permits you a Single Entry into the country and a stay of up to 90 days once you have arrived. It only permits travel to Kuwait for tourism purposes and is granted on the basis that you will enter Kuwait soon after approval (30 days or less after your eVisa has been approved). It cannot be used more than once and has an expiration date, which is the final date on which you will have to leave the country.
If you are a citizen of India, we have all the information you need from what is required to commonly asked questions regarding the application process. Read on to find out more about obtaining a Kuwait tourist visa for Indians!
About the Kuwait Visas for Indian Passport Holders
All Indian passport holders are required to obtain a visa before travelling here. There are 2 ways you can do this:
- The eVisa, only available to Indian nationals residing in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
- By scheduling an appointment at the Kuwait embassy in India.
The following types of visa are most likely to be applicable to your trip if you wish to visit Kuwait for a short stay:
- Tourist visa: Entitles Indian passport holders to visit for tourism, sightseeing or leisure purposes to stay for no more than 3 months.
- Visit visa: Granted to those intending to visit the country with a specific purpose and is valid for 1 month.
Kuwait eVisa Requirements for Citizens of India
The eVisa is available to Indian nationals who are residing in select neighbouring Gulf countries. Implemented in 2016, it is open to those wishing to visit the country for short-term visits.
Indian nationals are only eligible to obtain the electronic travel pass if they reside in one of the neighbouring GCC states. The GCC countries include:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
If you are an Indian national residing in one of the countries above, and you meet the conditions below, you can go ahead and apply. In order to request one, you must meet the following conditions:
- Hold a GCC Residency Card.
- Hold an Indian passport that’s valid for at least 6 months from your intended arrival date.
- Upload a scanned copy of your passport’s personal details bio page.
- Provide a current email address for registration and communication.
- Provide a valid credit or debit card.
Indian nationals applying from any of the neighbouring GCC countries should ensure they possess a valid GCC residency permit (otherwise known as the Residency Card), which enables foreign citizens to stay long-term in one of the GCC countries.
Plus, your profession must be one of the following: Consultant, Doctor, Engineer, Lawyer, Judge, University lecturer, Press & Media Staff, Pilot, Analyst, Software Programmer, Manager, Diplomat or a Business Professional/Owner.
The eVisa enables you to obtain your travel pass in advance. Apply with any device connected to the internet anywhere in the world, whether at home or in the office. You can complete your application with Byevisa in just a few minutes.
Kuwait Visa Process for Indians Without GGC Residency
If you are an Indian national residing in India or any other country outside of the GCC, then unfortunately you are not eligible to apply for the eVisa.
In this case, if you need any type of visa, including the tourist and visit visa, you are required to schedule an appointment at the embassy in Delhi or the consulate in Mumbai.
You can find the embassy located in Delhi at the following address:
- Tenzing Norgay Marg, Chanakyapuri, 110021, New Delhi, Delhi, India
You can find the Kuwait consulate located in Mumbai at the following address:
- Opposite of K.C. College Of Management Studies, JTS Malani Marg, Churchgate Maharashtra 400020, Mumbai, India
Kuwait Tourist Visa for Indians FAQs
Here are the answers to more common questions about obtaining this travel authorisation ahead of your trip.
What Is the Kuwait Visit Visa Processing Time and Cost for Indians?
At Byevisa, our Standard service has a processing time of 3 days for a 20.00 USD processing fee. Rapid service allows you to get it in 2 days for a 60.00 USD processing fee and our Highly Rapid service processes it in 12 hours for a 80.00 USD processing fee.
The local government charges 10.00 USD to some nationalities on arrival in the country.
It is also worth mentioning that applications aren’t processed during Kuwait’s weekends (Friday and Saturday), so this will delay your application should your submission coincide with this.
How Do I Check the Status of My Kuwait eVisa From India?
With Byevisa, you can check the status of your application by clicking the ‘Log In’ button at the top right of the main menu. After entering your details, you are then able to view if your application is still pending, has been accepted or rejected, plus details as to why if this is the case.
Is it Safe for Indians to Travel to Kuwait?
Kuwait is a safe place for most travellers to the Arabian Gulf, and the same applies to Indian visitors. You should exercise caution just as you would when travelling somewhere new, but the majority of visits to the country are trouble free. However, there are a few things to bear in mind when travelling here, and you should make yourself aware of local laws and customs before your trip to be on the safe side.
Although Kuwait is not as conservative as many of its neighbouring countries, you should behave and dress in a respectful way. Respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas.
Is There a Kuwait Visa Stamping?
No, if you are applying for an eVisa, your travel pass does not require stamping as it is an electronic document rather than a traditional paper visa.