Kuwait to Issue Stricter Family Visa Rules in December

Official sources have revealed that the Ministry of Interior (MoI) will issue new conditions regarding family visas at the end of this year. The new conditions are being implemented in response to ministerial directives to re-evaluate the mechanisms for issuing family visas and to prevent visitors from overstaying their permits.
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In a significant development, official sources have disclosed that the Ministry of Interior is set to unveil revised regulations governing family visas later this year. This move comes after the suspension of family visas more than a year ago, aligning with ministerial directives aimed at a comprehensive reassessment of the visa issuance process.

The objective is to implement novel mechanisms that effectively deter instances of visitors exceeding their permitted stay duration.

According to a media report published by the Kuwait Times, confidential insiders have informed that the eagerly anticipated new conditions are expected to be made public this December.

Kuwait’s New Family Visa Rules

The new conditions include the following:

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  • Visitors will be required to obtain health insurance, with a fee of up to KD 500.
  • The visit period will be limited to one month.
  • Fees for issuing a visit visa will increase by 100%.
  • The applicant will be required to promise that the visitor will leave the country immediately after the end of the visit period.
  • If the visitor overstays their visa, the resident who applied for the visa will be legally accountable and subjected to financial and administrative punishment, including being permanently banned from issuing a visit visa.

The new conditions are expected to be publicized in December.

Kuwait Visit/Family Visa

Family visas have been suspended in Kuwait since January 2022. The suspension was implemented in response to concerns about the number of visitors who were overstaying their visas.

The new conditions are designed to address these concerns and to ensure that family visas are only issued to those who are genuinely visiting Kuwait for a short period of time.

Impact

The new conditions are likely to have a significant impact on the number of family visas that are issued in Kuwait. The increased fees and the requirement for health insurance are likely to deter some people from applying for a family visa.

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However, the new conditions are also likely to reduce the number of visitors who overstay their visas. This will benefit the Kuwaiti economy and will help to ensure that the country’s immigration system is more efficient.

Conclusion

The new conditions for family visas in Kuwait are a significant change. The new conditions are designed to address concerns about the number of visitors who are overstaying their visas. The new conditions are also likely to have a significant impact on the number of family visas that are issued in Kuwait.

(Source and Inputs From Kuwait Times)


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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