There are two types of visas a Swiss national can obtain, a tourist visa or a business visa.
How to apply for a Tourist Visa:
- If you intend to stay in a hotel, then the hotel will send you your visa. You will receive a copy of your visa by fax and the original one will be added to your passport upon your arrival to Kuwait.
- If you are invited by a Kuwaiti citizen there are two ways to obtain your visa:
- The person inviting you to Kuwait has to issue the visa and send it to you by fax.
- The person inviting you has to send an invitation letter to the consulate by fax, and after the consulate has receieved approval from the Ministry of Interior of Kuwait, the visa can be issued. (A process which takes 7-10 days.)
How to obtain a Business Visa:
- The company inviting you should arrange for your visa, and upon arrival to Kuwait, it is given to you at the airport.
- In the case that the company doesn’t arrange the visa for you, you can obtain one directly upon arrival at the airport in Kuwait as long as you have your official invitation letter with you from your company in Kuwait.
This is the case for citizens of the following countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the Vatican. In addition, nationals from Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea in Asia, as well as those from the United States of America and Canada.
- If you are not a citizen of the above-mentioned countries and your inviting company does not arrange you your visa, you can obtain it from our consulate.
Documents necessary to obtain a visa:
- One visa application form filled in and signed [Download Form]
- One photo
- Passport valid for at least 3 more months.
- An envelope with stamp (adressed) to resend the passport.
- A certificate of your company mentioning the activities of your society as well as a letter or fax of your Kuwaiti contact, signed by a Kuwaiti citizen and addressed directly to our consulate, confirming your arrival to Kuwait.
- For foreigners (not Swiss nationals) a copy of their residential permit.Please notice that the cost of the visa is depending on your nationality.The visa is valid for one entry and for a maximum stay of one month. Once you have obtained your visa, you have a three month validity period to use it before it expires. For an eventual stay after these three months you have to obtain a new visa.If you have any questions please call or write to the embassy visa office