Kuwait visa is still open for Nigerian applicants. The Kuwait tourist visa, particularly, has a validity period of 30 days, and the permit expires in 90 days. When applying for a Kuwait visa, there are a few requirements that Nigerian applicants must meet, part of which is the visa fee which must be paid in local currency.
So how much is the Kuwait Visa fee in Nigerian Naira?
The naira equivalent for the Kuwait visa fee is NGN3,800 since the fee is KD3. It is important to note that there are different types of Kuwait visas, which are issued for other travel purposes.
The Kuwait visa fee is, however, subject to change due to the movement of the financial exchange rate of the country, and so at the time of reading this, you can find out the latest exchange of KD3 to Nigerian Naira.
The visa fee is expected to be paid in cash when applying for the visa at the Kuwait embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. It is paid upfront and is nonrefundable.
Types of Kuwait Visa for Nigerians
The types of Kuwait visas available for Nigerians as a medium for entry include the Visit visa, Transit Visa, and residence visa for work and family. The table below shows a stretched-out explanation of these visas and their respective validation period.
|Kuwait Visa Type||Validity period||Description|
|Kuwait Visit Visa||30 days||Issued to persons who want to visit a relative and the visit visa for persons with business interests.|
|Kuwait Transit Visa||can last up to seven (7) days.||Awarded to persons who want to travel to another country through Kuwait|
|Kuwait Residence Visa||Awarded to persons who want to reside in Kuwait under certain circumstances, such as to be with family, for work purposes, or domestic.|
You can apply for the Kuwait residence Visa for family immigration, whereby a male resident of Kuwait brings his wife and children from Nigeria into the country.
Whereas the Residence visa for work allows applicants who a Kuwait company has employed remotely to relocate and reside in Kuwait. However, the employer must first apply for the permit on behalf of the visitor from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.
Kuwaiti Visa Requirements for Nigerian Citizens
Apart from payment of Visa fees, other salient requirements that Nigerian applicants have to meet when processing travel to Kuwait include a valid Nigerian international passport valid for a minimum of 2 years, two consecutive blank pages, a correctly filled out Kuwaiti visa application form and a recently taken 2 x 2 passport-sized photograph.
In addition, the applicant must provide a handwritten letter explaining the purpose of travel, the intended length of stay, and itineraries. Documents such as recent bank statements stamped by bank management issued Police Clearance and Travel health insurance are also required.
When a Nigerian is applying for a Kuwaiti visa, they must also provide a valid health certificate showing good health.
There are other necessary documents in addition to all the above. However, it is determined by the type of Kuwaiti visa you are applying for. For example, Business Visa applicants will have to provide a copy of the sponsor’s signature as registered for business purposes and the sponsor’s letter of invitation for the business, stating the purpose of the visit.
What are Kuwaiti Tourist Visa Eligibility/Requirements for Nigerians?
Any Nigerian who plans to visit Kuwait for tourism can apply for the country’s tourism visa, known as a visitor visa, in the books.
Since it is a single-entry visa that expires after 90 days of arrival, Applicants must present a bank statement as proof of the financial sustainability of the sponsor.
The tourist visa must be sponsored by a Kuwait Company or a relative residing in the country. The Kuwaiti government stipulates that visitors on a tourist visa should have at least $30 per day to finance their stay in Kuwait.
Many Kuwaiti visitor’s visas submitted by Nigerian applicants are rejected simply because no proof of return ticket is attached to the application submitted.
What are Kuwait Business Visa Eligibility/Requirements for Nigerians?
If you are going to Kuwait for business purposes, then a business visa is what you should focus on. It is a multiple-entry visa that expires after one year.
Of course, an honestly and correctly filled out visa application form is required. Omission or inaccurate information in form details is often why most Business visa processing takes a long.
Nigerians applying for a Kuwaiti business visa must provide proof of accommodation. This could be in the form of a receipt for a hotel booking or a rental agreement from a host whose house you will be staying at.
It is also essential that applicants can present proof of their financial sufficiency for the duration of their stay in Kuwait doing business.
To this effect, the Kuwaiti government requires documents like bank account statements of recent three months or a sponsorship letter from the company that employs you in Kuwait.
How Long Does Kuwait Visa Take To Be Approved in Nigeria?
After successfully applying for your Kuwait visa, whether tourism, business, or residence, you can expect the processing time to take about three weeks, after which you will be notified to visit the Kuwait Embassy in Nigeria, Abuja, to get your visa and further your travel.
The Kuwaiti embassy in Nigeria is located at Number 24 Yedseram Street, Maitama, Abuja. If you have particular inquiries, you can contact the office via phone – 0807 774 422 and the office is open from Monday to Friday.
Meanwhile, the Kuwait e-visa can be processed within four days (weekends and holidays are omitted).
How To Apply for Kuwait Visa From Nigeria
Many visa applications filed for travel to Kuwait from Nigeria are around tourism. To get a visa for Kuwait, you must visit the embassy in Abuja and fill out the visa application form for Kuwait.
We have walked through the required documents that should be accompanied by your application form, depending on the type of visa and then your passport.
Once all these are in place, you then make the Kuwait visa fee payment in Naira and submit the visa application at the embassy of Kuwait.
The embassy will notify you via mail once your visa is approved, after which you can visit the office to pick up your passport.
Is Kuwait Issuing Work Visas to Nigerians Today?
As of September 2023, the Kuwaiti authorities halted the issuance of work permits for some nationalities, but the press release provided no breakdown of the affected nationalities. This came into the news weeks after the country stopped issuing family visit visas in June due to its intention to devise a new mechanism.
The halting measures come as no surprise, and it can be presumed that the country has worrying speculation about its foreigners to citizens ratio currently residing in Kuwait. For instance, Foreigners make up nearly 3.4 million of Kuwait’s population of 4.6 million.
Is There Any Kuwait Embassy in Lagos?
Unfortunately, there is no consulate of Kuwait in Lagos, Nigeria. You can find the only embassy of Kuwait in the country in Abuja – 24 Yedseram Street, Maitama.
Before visiting the embassy to process your visa in person, you can reach out to the office on:
Can I get a Job in Kuwait on Visit Visa?
You cannot get employed as a foreigner in Kuwait who entered the country with a visit visa. You have to apply for a Kuwait work visa. The latter is issued under Articles 17 and 18 of the immigration regulations of Kuwait.
If you intend to work in Kuwait, your employer – who you might have been working remotely for – has to submit a copy of the employee’s passport to get a work permit from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour Affairs.
How Do I Work In Kuwait From Nigeria?
Many Nigerians get jobs from Kuwait through the online marketplace to work as remote freelancers. However, if you intend to relocate to Kuwait for work purposes, you need a sponsor to receive a work permit for you (the employee) that will be faxed to you.
You will then take the work permit to verify it at the local Kuwait embassy in Abuja. Part of this visa application’s critical requirement includes a medical certificate recognized by the Kuwait Embassy and payment of the Kuwait visa fees in Naira.