April 23, 2019: Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder about New Residency and Civil ID Requirements

U.S. Embassy Kuwait
Monday, April 22, 2019

U.S. citizens who have a valid residence permit sticker in their passports should continue to enter and exit Kuwait using only the passport and residence permit. You are not required to obtain a new Kuwait Civil ID until your current residence permit expires.

When applying as a first-time applicant for or to renew Kuwaiti residency, please check that the information contained in your U.S. passport matches the information in your residence application and the new Civil ID that you are issued. Common mistakes include: English spelling and configuration of first, middle, last name; date of birth; and passport number. You should also confirm your Kuwait mobile phone number, needed to receive a text message confirming the final details of your residence and new Civil ID card.  Inconsistent information between the passport and the new Civil ID may cause you delays when entering or exiting the country, obtaining updates on residence status, and other residence issues.

If you lose your new Civil ID and/or passport while outside of Kuwait, do not travel to Kuwait. The new Kuwait Civil ID is linked to your passport; losing your U.S. passport invalidates your new Kuwait Civil ID. You must obtain a No Objection Certificate from the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Kuwait before traveling to Kuwait.

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) urges all expatriates to double-check that all the data fields in their residence application match the information contained in their passport. In the event that the Civil ID has been printed with the wrong information, residents will be obligated to submit a new application and pay a new application fee.

The Arab Times and Kuwait Times reported on this on April 18: