August 26, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: No Extension for Kuwait Tourist Visas

August 23, 2020

As a reminder, tourist visas of foreign nationals were automatically extended through August 31, 2020.  There is currently no mechanism in place to extend their validity beyond that date.  The Embassy is aware of this issue and is engaging the Kuwaiti government.

Individuals who are in Kuwait on a tourist visa will face penalties if departing after August 31.  Please note that visas are not currently being issued upon arrival at the airport nor available electronically in advance for individuals seeking to return to Kuwait.

While individuals on tourist visas cannot extend their validity, they may adjust their legal status to an appropriate residency category, if eligible.  The Embassy cannot offer immigration advice on this issue.

Please continue to visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage for updated information.