Visit visa restrictions in Kuwait

The Ministry of Interior of Kuwait has decided now that expats are only worthy enough to call their wives or children to Kuwait on visit visas. No parents, no siblings and no in-laws. This rule is supposed to be applicable to all nationalities (sure!) with specific instructions towards eight nationalities (now we’re talking): Iraqis, Iranians, Syrians, Afghan, Bangladeshis, Somalis, Egyptians (really?) and Pakistanis. Supposedly, all earlier directives for visit visas stand null and void in front of this one.

While I won’t be surprised if this new rule gets changed multiple times within this year itself, and while I could never establish why Kuwait cannot have well thought-out and long-lasting rules on these issues like most other countries (the rules keep fluctuating like there is no tomorrow); for the life of me I don’t understand how such a discriminating and harsh rule can be thought of, let alone implemented, in the first place!

This is nothing short of a direct insult to all expats in Kuwait. Instead of sorting out the problems (whatever they may be), they decide it would just be easier to implement this generalized rule.

My parents spent 30 odd years in Kuwait and my sister was born here and what a shame it will be if they are unable to get a visit visa to it.

Arab Times article here.


75 Responses to “Visit visa restrictions in Kuwait”

  1. 1 nibaq May 30, 2007 at 11:19 am

    All it takes is one bad apples.

    • 2 Halimat July 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm


      Kindly tell me if the visiting visa to enter into kuwait has been lifted because i wish to come for holiday in kuwait sometime in August, 2010.

      Kindly assist by replying to this.

      Ma Salaam.


  2. 4 Sabah Hussain May 30, 2007 at 11:53 am

    nibaq: I’m not sure if the bad apples you speak of are from the people who made this decision or from the parents, siblings or in-laws that wish to visit. If the latter, then I certainly agree that the process must be more rigid so as to filter out the unwelcome elements, but not an outright ban of all and sundry.

  3. 5 Evil Knievel May 30, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    give it a week and it will change again…

  4. 6 Ahmad Marafie May 31, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    I work for Ministry of Interior. We’ve received instructions not to approve visas for Iraqis, Iranians, Syrians, Afghan, Bangladeshis, Somalis, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Jordanians, Palestinians, Lebanese. But we are instructed to permit Indians, Philipinos and few other nationalities as their track record is good.

    • 7 sushil February 22, 2010 at 9:36 am

      hello Ahmad

      if you can tell me this, can a child 1 year old come with mother and father on visit visa issued by anyone in kuwait.

    • 8 Far February 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Ahmad,
      I just heard that the ministry has stopped issuing visit and resident visas for people working as expats in Kuwait. I think this is not fair as these guys have already left everything to come to Kuwait to join an organization here. They must be given the residency as they were hired by an organization here in Kuwait and given the visit visa on the first place and after like 2 months they get to hear that their visa cannot be changed to resident and they have to go back. I am talking about people from the nations mentioned above i.e. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghan etc.


    • 9 hanna March 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm

      i am a canadian and i found employment here but i could not get a residence based on my education. Do you know anything i can do before my visit visa is up?

    • 10 Lionel March 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Ahmed,

      I work for an Embassy, I had applied for visit visas for my parents but it got rejected, and no reason given. My parents have visited Kuwait in the past over 1.5 years back. Do I re-apply! what is your advice on this, I and my parents are Pakistani Nationals.

    • 11 Muhammad Sohail July 21, 2010 at 10:16 am

      Dear Mr. Ahmad,

      I came to know that you are working in Ministry of Interior, so you must be having very strong WASTA over there. Can you help me out… i applied for my mother visa twice but refused because i am Pakistani…why? Although she has already visited Kuwait last year…

      Now they are saying, Go to Aman-e-Dola and get your clearance… but with out wasta i can’t do any thing over there… please help me out as a Muslim Friend…. It ll be a great favour for me and my family…

      Muhammad Sohail Malik
      Ph: 66837966

    • 12 daisy August 21, 2010 at 2:04 am

      My son was here in Kuwait as visit visa,is there any possibility that his visit visa will transfer to dependent visa without go back to our country?

    • 13 MUHAMMAD January 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Hi Ahmad,

      Please advise whethre now that Ban for approving visit visas Especially for Pakistani Passport has been lifted up since I am planning to travell to Kuwait soon.

      Thanks & regards,

    • 14 Muhammed Basheer March 11, 2012 at 5:16 am

      Hi Sir,

      I had been there in Kuwait 11 months working for a company. I resigned the job, cancelled my visa and came back to India. After 5 months I got a new job there in another company. And I have been waiting for the visa for the past 4 months. But now I got a message from travel agency that my new company applied for visa 3 times. But they (MOI) rejected my visa saying ‘Security Issue’ as the reason. Can you help me out please?

  5. 15 Sabah Hussain May 31, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Ahmad Marafie: Thanks for visiting and posting your response. This is the logic that I fail to understand. How can you let so many people who fall under the banned nationalities suffer just because a few spoil the ‘track record’.

    Where do the genuine cases go? Is there anyone to turn to once they refuse to accept your visa application even though you yourself have a perfect track record? I’ll appreciate your feedback.

  6. 16 Jojee June 7, 2007 at 10:52 am

    I am an Indian and trying to bring my mother to Kuwait on visit visa. Do you guys have any idea whether this would be allowed by the Immigration department?

  7. 17 Sabah Hussain June 7, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Unfortunately, as per the law it should not work. However, the fact that they will be more strict towards the 8 nationalities may also mean that they will be lax to the ones who don’t fall in that net. Best of luck!

  8. 18 James Andrews February 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Can anyone advise me whether a 69yr old Project Director, degree qualified and chartered with former Middle East experience stands any chance of getting a residency visa to take up a post of Project Director with a consultancy operating from Kuwait.

  9. 19 Nicole March 13, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Just now heard of a change of the laws again…..
    They change their laws here more often than some of them do their…uh…no, I don’t go there 😉

  10. 21 Bushra Naseem March 15, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    i am living in kuwait as a permenent resident.can i sponsor my sister and her husband to visit us for few days.they are living in dubai as permenent residents.we are pakistani residents.

  11. 22 Sabah Hussain March 16, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Nicole: Spot on! 🙂

    Bushra Naseem: I heard some talk about people who are GCC residents getting some special privileges to enter Kuwait as opposed to the others. I think the visitor had to belong to a certain category of skilled workers (don’t know the details unfortunately). My best advice would be to go to one of those shops that provide the service of preparing your application for you, as they would have a better picture.

  12. 23 rainmountain March 17, 2008 at 2:09 am


    (aka NicoleB 🙂 )

  13. 24 Chitrek March 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Hi even my parents spent 35 odd year here in kuwait and my sister was born here in kuwait. I agree to your comment that they shall keep a fixed law for visit visas.
    Here they treat us as we are thier maids.
    I want to bring my parents on a visit visa but i recently heard or is it a rumour that they issue visit visa for only 1 month and if we want to extend then pay KD.50 per month (is it true)?
    here every morning there is a fresh rule imposed.

  14. 25 Kaptain August 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Indeed, ‘specific’ instructions to AOE countries. Dilemma for expats who spent fortunate lives and youth here to build these countries to see themselves being evicted so conveniently…

    Expats are aliens yesterday and their own homelands..

  15. 26 syed yusuf syed ghouse January 25, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    i want to call my family for 3months visit visa but now ministry of interior kuwait has changed the rules for only 1month so i face it is very difficult for me not only for me and all my colligue expatriats.Insha Allah,i pray and do dua Allah(swt)i will show us a good way for change this rule in kuwait……….(Amin)

  16. 27 syed yusuf syed ghouse January 25, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    i want to call my family for 3months visit visa but now ministry of interior kuwait has changed the rules for only 1month so i face it is very difficult for me not only for me and all my colligue expatriats.Insha Allah,i pray and do dua Allah(swt)will show us a good way for change this rule in kuwait……….(Amin)

  17. 28 Ishraque February 26, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Please I would like to know if tehre are restrictions in getting visit visa /any other visa for Kuwait.When will this ban be lifted?

  18. 29 Musa April 19, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    dear friends,

    can anyone know or plz advice as i have travelled to israel recently and want to travel for kuwait and dubai is any problem in arrival,

    – musa

    • 30 hammed January 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm


      • 31 ashik October 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm

        in my passport israeli visiting visa is stamped but i didnt entered israel.will it create a problem for my entry to kuwait.

  19. 32 Jobin T S April 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    My wife went o Kuwait with a one mont visa and attend MOH Examination. And she selected . Now She came here after 1 mont. Now we want a Visiting visa to Kuwait forthe further proceedings. How i can get it?

  20. 33 jose April 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    my sister in law ,her husbend and 2 children aged 12 and 8 want to visit kuwait for few days .Is there any possibility to get visit visa.I am Indian.Please reply

  21. 34 shaheen June 5, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    hi all there,

    me a pakistani women also waiting for my visa since three months.i dont know when the govt lift this discriminating ban.hope that the new govt will pay attention to sort this problem.they must give a date so that people atleast know how much more the have to wait.all the pakistani n people from other nation serve kuwait very well n this is very much biased atitude to impose ban on certain nations.this is disgusting.

  22. 35 Adilafzal June 22, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I am adil i am come to know kuwait i like this for all substan adil afzal cheema 23!!!

  23. 36 dexter July 11, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I have given a work entry visa from a legitimate company in Kuwait but i did not used it until it has expire. Would it be possible that my wife can apply me a relative visa?

  24. 37 Zahid July 25, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Aslam u alikum

    I got a job in kuwait, my employer applied for my visit visa but ministry has soem doubt about my passport. they asked for a letter from Pakistan Consulate which I have provided as well.

    Any one can guid me…………..this isue can be resoved ………

    and is it a like routine matter or a big issue


  25. 38 abdul basheer August 10, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    assalamu alaikkum

    I would likely to know that if any medical required to bring my wife nd children on visiting visa.I already acquired visiting visa last week 5th Aug 2009.Somebody told as per new rule medical required.I am planning to bring next month.Same way any INSURANCE REQUIRED.I am an Indian.

    If anyone can clarify my doubt.

    thanking u

  26. 39 kris August 21, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    assalamu alaikum

    my husband is currently employed for about 4 months,is there any way to go or visit him with my son in kuwait? i have a question in my mind that bothered me a lot.
    can you please help me what to do?tnx

  27. 40 sherri January 4, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I am an american waiting to gain a work visa in Kuwait. Any idea or thought on when they might lift the ban on Americans?Thank you!!! Sherri

  28. 41 mohd amjad January 26, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    i am pakistani lieve in saudia many time i enter in kuait far gcc residance but 25jan i went kuait airport the emigration askd me pakistani visa clossed can i now when open visa far me

  29. 42 SI February 22, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Please advise if the Kuwaiti Government has lifted the ban on issuing Work Visas for Pakistani Nationals.
    My employer in Kuwait applied for my work visa but it got rejected, although I received the work permit. I am now told that I will not be able to get the work visa now.

    Appreciate your response.

  30. 43 Fk March 3, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Hi, I am working for an organization in kuwait. I have the visa but having issues with the residency. Can you confirm when is the residency going to open for Pakistani nationals? Is this residency issue only for Pakistanis in Kuwait or is it for everyone? Kindly tell me when is the ban going to be raised so i can apply for the residency accordingly.


  31. 44 George April 3, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I am resident in UAE and working in multi-national, well known organization with an office in Kuwait. I have been to Kuwait many times and the visa was always arranged through my office except this time everyone told me that Kuwait now allows visa upon arrival for GCC residents with certain education background and job designation like Dubai, Doha and Bahrain and to be sure I called the embassy and they confirm the same. In fact, I was going for one day meeting and flying the next day to another place and just in case I carried with me a letter from my company confirming all info on my passport. However, I was surprised when the employee told me that I can not have the visa upon arrival cause I am holding Syrian passport!!! I asked him do you mean all Middle East passport holders and he replied “No, only Syrian!” I explained to him that I am holding a University degree and my job title on the passport is “Director” and I have a five-star hotel booking and return ticked on First class, but he said “it does not matter, we have instruction that visa can not be issued for Syrian and even if you are holding diplomatic passport!!” I asked “but why? is there any diplomatic issues recently which I am not aware of as I have been traveling a lot and unfortunately I did not follow the news, except that I read in one newspapers that the amount of trade between the two countries are increasing and a lot of Kuwaiti’s investments are taking place in Syria and both countries enjoy a great relationship recently, so what’s going on?” no one could answer my question. I can totally understand if that’s happening in the states although I was there last year – of course I have to go through the usual visa procedures – but at the end I have got the visa. I would also totally understand if that Rules applied on group of Nationalities or in case that my job title is not from the permitted category. But to say only Syrian, I felt like I am coming from a nation that is considered as an enemy to the Kuwait among all other Nationalities. I have a lot of Kuwaiti friends and because I was supposed to be there less than 24 hours I did not call them before i make the trip to Kuwait but when I told them about this incident they started laughing and told me next time you should inform us and we will sort our your visa even if you are Syrian and actually I met another Syrian who was stopped at the airport but he maid a phone call and exception was made although he was not there for business and will properly stay one month in his family house!!! While, a business person with hotel booking and meet all other requirement can not have the visa! I decided to drop this market from my list and continue my business plan without Kuwait unfortunately.

  32. 45 Ahmad April 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I am an Indian, living in Saudi Arabia, and I have friends in Kuwait, and we(along with family)travel to Kuwait often, last trip was in December 2009, actually in 2009 we traveled to Kuwait about 5 times, and each time obtaining (wihout any problems) the visa on Nuwaiseeb border, my profession is Marketing Specialist and I have an MBA degree.
    And by showing my Saudi Iqama & the degree I always used to get the visa (valid for 3 months).
    Yesterday, we tried again to come to Kuwait and this time I was denied the Visa, and the reason cited that the laws are changed and despite showing the translation of the degree (MBA one) I could not obtain the visa.
    Folks, I am keen to know about any rule got changed in last 4 months or 3 and half months to be precise.

  33. 46 Attar May 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Please help me about my visa application its rejected in kuwait two times im Pakistani my Employer apply two time but its rejected please help

  34. 47 Attar May 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    any info when work visa # 18 open for pakistani

  35. 48 ronnyfernandes May 20, 2010 at 8:38 am

    hello sir salaam my name is ronnny i am indian my mom is working in kuwait n she want to send me visit visa for 1 month just i want to ask if i can chance that visa to working visa if i am already there in kuwait thank u sir pls help god bless.

  36. 49 Vickey June 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Me and my father applied for visit visa for my brother while my family is here and got rejected without any such reason.
    Visa paper are stuck in Aman dola kwuait (Security department of state). Why they stopped it no one knows.
    Allah bless all of us.

  37. 50 mirza zaheer uddin July 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    dear sir pls tell me which time visit visa open for pakitani

  38. 51 Syed August 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I am Syed Mamumnul Islam. I am a Bangladeshi boy bot now i am working in Dubai, U.A.E. Actualy i want to work in Kuwait. I am a Graduate, and i have 5-7 years wroking experience in Bangaldesh and 26 months in Dubai, U.A.E. as a executive officer.
    So if any company or person like me as a employee please contact with me, i able to go to this country with in very short time.
    My contact no.: 00971- 567 00 98 60.

    I am awiting for a valueable response form any kind person.

  39. 52 Syed August 31, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I am Syed Mamumnul Islam. I am a Bangladeshi boy but now i am working in Dubai, U.A.E. Actualy i want to work in Kuwait. I am a Graduate, and i have 5-7 years wroking experience in Bangaldesh and 26 months in Dubai, U.A.E. as a executive officer.
    So if any company or person like me as a employee please contact with me, i able to go to this country with in very short time.
    My contact no.: 00971- 567 00 98 60.

    I am awiting for a valueable response from any kind person.

  40. 53 Amir Nazim January 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    whats the latest on visa issue ? does any pakistani gets the kuwait visa recnetly ? does anyone tell me how much time they take in process the visa ?

    • 54 saeed January 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

      amir…i just went two days back for my mother…so no visa..rejected be that dept…so called aman dola…i dont know they even dont tell the reason also…and no way to clear that things….

  41. 55 saeed January 12, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Hi, all
    I dont understand imposing ban on the visit visa of a 60 years old lady..whose son is serving this country last 20 years…is not shame full……? just read u athorities..then think how libral or how democratic u ppl are…….nothing else to say…

  42. 56 Tariq April 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    After the new directives issued by kuwait government can one pakistani national apply for the visit visa of his family (wife & children).

  43. 57 madiha November 21, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Aoa. when visit visa for kwait will be open for Pakistanis. plz reply on my email address. Madiha

  44. 58 Sohail Malik November 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I am also waiting for the same news…We all should pray to Allah. What our government and embassy is doing to resolve the issue…they are sitting idle in their offices..shame on them

  45. 59 manu.k.mohanan March 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Hai sir, i am indian i wand know about family visa for taking my son.he was 5yrs and wife working as a private sector .our total salary 350 kd .i will get family visa for my son ?please give me replay .

  46. 60 Muhammed Basheer March 11, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Hi all,

    I had been there in Kuwait 11 months working for a company. I resigned the job, cancelled my visa and came back to India. After 5 months I got a new job there in another company. And I have been waiting for the visa for the past 4 months. But now I got a message from travel agency that my new company applied for visa 3 times. But they (MOI) rejected my visa saying ‘Security Issue’ as the reason. Can anybody help me out please?

  47. 61 Reaz October 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Kuwait is an absolute joke!! I lived there for 10 years, (my father-30 years!) before going to university in UK, and now I can-not even visit my family cause I’m bangladeshi. They caused untold sufferings to my mother and young sisters who I havent seen for 2 years now. Last time I saw them were in Bangladesh but imagine the cost of travel for 6 members to go for a round trip for a 3 weeks re-union.

    The idiot of lawmakers are simply prejudiced, ignorant and plain eveil. They are straight up infringing on me and my family’s human rights. Shame be to them!!!

    Someone tell me how I can get myself heard, cause the Kuwait Foreight ministry wont listen at all, email if you have suggestions at

  48. 62 Ahmadi December 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hi ,

    i am from Afghanistan ,
    i like to work in Kuwiat , if it is possible some body let me know that is possible for Afghan people can get work visa in Kuwait or Qatar ,


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