Washington DC

Embassy of the State of Kuwait - Washington DC


Metro Closest Metro Stop:
Van Ness-UDC visa
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visa Phone: +1 (202) 966-0702

visa Fax: +1 (202) 966-8468

visa Website: kuwaitembassy.us

visa Email: consulate@kuwaitembassy.us

visa Address: 2940 Tilden St NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Van Ness-UDC Metro Station on the Red line of the Metro System is the closest station to the Embassy of Kuwait. From the station, it is approximately an 8-minute walk to the Embassy. Use the map and directions shown below to find suggested routes.


Embassy of Kuwait in Washington DC

Embassy of Kuwait in Washington DC

From Van Ness-UDC Metro Station
Approximately 0.4 mile, 8 min walk
visa Head southeast on Connecticut Ave NW toward Veazey Terrace NW.
visa Turn left onto Tilden St NW.
visa Destination will be on the right.

Types of Visas

There are four types of visas:

(1) Entry Visa
(2) Work Visa
(3) Student Visa
(4) Accompanying Family Visa

Multiple entry visas allow holders to enter Kuwait any number of times within a 12-month period. Multiple entry visas may be available to businesses sponsored by the ministry of defense. American citizens (but not other Westerners) can sometimes obtain multiple entry visas that are valid for up to 10 years and allow an indefinite number of entries.

Requirements for an Entry Visa

Visas for U.S. Citizens are issued upon arrival at all Kuwaiti ports of entry. The following documents are required:

1) Visa Application Form
Two completed Visa Application Forms (PDF Format).

2) Passport
Original passport with a minimum of 6 months prior to its expiration date.

3) Photographs
Two recent professional passport-size photographs.

4) Payment of Visa Fee
The entry visa processing fee for U.S. Citizens is:
$150.00 for single entry | $175.00 for multiple entries

5) Self-Addressed Envelope
If you are applying by mail, include a pre-paid, self-addressed envelope (registered mail) with postage to return your passport.

For Business Visitors
Include a letter from your U.S. firm/employer requesting the issuance of a business visa and guaranteeing the applicant while in Kuwait.

For Visitors of Friends and Relatives
Holding "No Objection Certificates" obtained by relatives/friend in Kuwait are not required to stamp visas in their passports by the Embassy.

For Visitors Traveling for Employment
Government Contract: a copy of letter of appointment from Kuwait.
Private Sector: work permit issued by the General Department of Immigration Affairs in Kuwait. If the spouse or another family member is accompanying the applicant, your work permit and "No Objection Certificate or Letter of Appointment" must indicate that.

Requirements for a Work Visa (Private & Gov Sectors)

In order to apply for a work visa, the following documents are required:

1) Visa Application Form
A completed Visa Application Form (PDF Format).

2) Passport
Original passport with a minimum of 6 months prior to its expiration date.

3) Photograph
A recent professional passport-size photograph.

4) Work Permit

5) HIV Test
Foreigners intending to work or reside in Kuwait are required to take an AIDS test. Anyone found to be HIV positive will be deported.

6) Health Certificate
Obtained from the local doctor certifying that the patient is in good health and free from contagious diseases. Lab test results for the following: Hepatitis B & C, Malaria, Filariasis, Syphilis and Chest X-Ray for Tuberculosis.

7) Police Clearance of No Criminal Record
Obtained from the FBI, and should be dated after the issuance date of the Work Permit. The Police Clearance has to be certified first by the U.S. State Department in Washington DC [Tel: 202-647-5002 or 800-688-9889], then legalized by the embassy with a $25.00 Authentication fee. The Authenticated Police Clearance should be presented to the Kuwaiti Authorities for residency purposes.

8) Payment of Visa Fee
U.S. Citizens must pay $175 along with $25 for the authentication of the Police Clearance. Fees should be paid by cash, money order or company check. Personal checks are not accepted.

Requirements for a Student Visa

In order to apply for a student visa, the following documents are required:

1) Visa Application Form
A completed Visa Application Form (PDF Format).

2) Passport
Original passport with a minimum of 6 months prior to its expiration date.

3) Photograph
A recent professional passport-size photograph.

4) Student Permit

5) HIV Test
Foreigners intending to work or reside in Kuwait are required to take an AIDS test. Anyone found to be HIV positive will be deported.

6) Health Certificate
Obtained from the local doctor certifying that the patient is in good health and free from contagious diseases. Lab test results for the following: Hepatitis B & C, Malaria, Filariasis, Syphilis and Chest X-Ray for Tuberculosis.

7) Police Clearance of No Criminal Record
Obtained from the FBI, and should be dated after the issuance date of the Student Permit. The Police Clearance has to be certified first by the U.S. State Department in Washington DC [Tel: 202-647-5002 or 800-688-9889], then legalized by the embassy with a $25.00 Authentication fee. The Authenticated Police Clearance should be presented to the Kuwaiti Authorities for residency purposes.

8) Payment of Visa Fee
U.S. Citizens must pay $175 along with $25 for the authentication of the Police Clearance. Fees should be paid by cash, money order or company check. Personal checks are not accepted.

Requirements for the Accompany Family Visa

In order to apply for an accompany family visa, the following documents are required:

1) Visa Application Form
Provide a completed Visa Application Form (PDF Format).

2) Passport
Provide your original passport with a minimum of 6 months prior to its expiration date.

3) Photograph
Provide a recent professional passport-size photograph.

4) Accompany Family Permit

5) HIV Test
Foreigners intending to work or reside in Kuwait are required to take an AIDS test. Anyone found to be HIV positive will be deported.

6) Vaccinations
Children under 5 years of age must present an up-to-date schedule of essential vaccinations.

7) Health Certificate
Obtained from the local doctor certifying that the patient is in good health and free from contagious diseases. Lab test results for the following: Hepatitis B & C, Malaria, Filariasis, Syphilis and Chest X-Ray for Tuberculosis.

8) Police Clearance of No Criminal Record
Obtained from the FBI, and should be dated after the issuance date of the Accompany Family Permit. The Police Clearance has to be certified first by the U.S. State Department in Washington DC [Tel: 202-647-5002 or 800-688-9889], then legalized by the embassy with a $25.00 Authentication fee. The Authenticated Police Clearance should be presented to the Kuwaiti Authorities for residency purposes.

9) Payment of Visa Fee
U.S. Citizens must pay $175 along with $25 for the authentication of the Police Clearance. Fees should be paid by cash, money order or company check. Personal checks are not accepted.

Extension of Visit

If you overstay your visa or leave without completing Kuwaiti exit procedures, you may have to pay large fines and/or face imprisonment. This includes official travelers and contractors supporting regional U.S. military operations transiting through Kuwait to and from Iraq and Afghanistan. A visitor whose visa has expired is not allowed to leave Kuwait until the fine has been paid.

The fine must be paid at the immigration Department in Shuwaikh during government working hours and not at the airport. Fines however may be paid a few days in advance and, unless this is done, the flight out is invariably missed.

An expatriate may obtain two one-month extension to a visit visa or temporary residence provided application is made to the immigration Department before the visa has expired.

A pleasant solution for visitors wishing to extend their stay is to obtain a second visit visa in Kuwait, travel to Bahrain on a morning flight and re-enter Kuwait in the evening round trip (40 minutes flying time).

 

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