Documentation Required to Enter Kuwait

Those who are denied access therefore have little opportunity for appeal. Fortunately, the average expatriate doesn’t need to deal with much of the bureaucracy. Most companies and institutions, large or small, have a representative, who transacts in order to obtain work and residence visas for foreign workers and their families. The representative also acts as a guide whenever your presence is required.

The documents required to enter Kuwait include the following:

  • A passport valid for at least six months (it’s useful to have at least three or four photocopies);
  • At least six passport-size photographs;
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable);
  • Birth certificates for all family members;
  • Medical certificate in the case of workers.

Foreigners working in Kuwait must have a certificate to show that they’re in good general health and free from HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, although tests are usually also carried out locally. Your sponsor will advise you what’s required.

While you’re in Kuwait, you’re required to carry identification documents, i.e. passport or national identity card and appropriate entry and residence visas. It is also very common for Labor officials to carry out spot checks on businesses in search of workers employed illegally and to inspect passports in the possession of the employer.

Expatriates in Kuwait are expected to conduct themselves in a reasonable way, obey the laws and observe the rules of the culture. And for these, they will usually be treated with kindness and generosity.


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