November 10, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder that Extension of Kuwait Visitor Visas Expires on November 30

November 10, 2020

The Government of Kuwait has not indicated that there will be another extension for visitor visas and residencies that were set to expire on or before August 31, 2020.

This is a reminder that visitor visas and residencies have been extended only until November 30, 2020.  The Government of Kuwait has reiterated that visa holders who do not adjust their legal status by November 30 must leave Kuwait.  Residents with expired residency must also renew their permits or they will be subject to deportation.  Deported individuals will not be allowed to reenter Kuwait.

The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens in Kuwait work with their sponsors or employers to renew their residencies or adjust their legal status to an appropriate residency category, if eligible, before November 30.  Otherwise, individuals on visitor visas should prepare to depart Kuwait on or before November 30 to avoid immigration penalties.  The Embassy cannot offer immigration advice on this issue.

Please note that visas are still not being issued upon arrival at the airport nor available electronically in advance for individuals seeking to return to Kuwait.