KUWAIT: New Business Visit Visa Regulations Extended to All Nationalities

December 5, 2019

In an attempt to crack down on forged degree certificates submitted in support of business (commercial) visit visa applications, the Kuwait Ministry of Interior has introduced new regulations for all nationalities.

Similar rules were introduced in November 2019 for Egyptian nationals and graduates of Egyptian universities.

The new regulations are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree submitted by a commercial visa applicant resident outside the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries must be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Kuwaiti embassy in the country of origin or residence. The original must then be couriered to Kuwait to be attested by MOFA in Kuwait.
  • A commercial visa applicant resident in a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country must submit a copy of their GCC residency along with a copy of their (already attested) bachelor’s degree and a copy of the attestations on the back of the bachelor’s degree.

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