Citizens of the United States who are authorized to enter Kuwait must do so with a valid visa or residence. Visitor visas are not given at the airport upon arrival. Visas are not accessible in advance electronically. You will need to contact an embassy or consulate to obtain one.
In general, visitors from most countries can visit Kuwait for a maximum stay of 90 days. There are some exceptions, such as citizens of certain countries after they have visited Iran, Iraq, or Syria within the last 15 months. Also, people who have been diagnosed with a contagious disease or who are pregnant are not allowed into the country.
Visitors must fulfill some requirements to be granted a visa. They must have a reason to visit and plan to return to the United States immediately after their visit. Proof of sufficient funds to support themselves while in Kuwait is also required. Valid photo identification is needed when you apply for your visa.
If you want to extend your stay in Kuwait, you must do so before the expiration of your visa. An extension letter must be obtained from a police station near where you are staying. This letter is valid for up to 30 days. If you cannot reach a police station then you can request one by calling 1777. The cost is 5 KD per extension letter.
Tourist visas are not required for US citizens to enter Kuwait. A valid U.S. passport, however, is necessary. Visas may be obtained at the nearest embassy or consulate of Kuwait.
Visa requirements for Kuwaiti people are administrative entrance limitations imposed on Kuwaiti citizens by the authorities of other countries. Kuwaiti nationals enjoyed visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 91 countries and territories as of July 2, 2019, putting the Kuwaiti passport 57th in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index.
Some countries may require their citizens to have a visa if they intend to enter Kuwait. In such cases, the only way for a citizen of these countries to be granted a visa is by applying for one. If your country's government offers a special visa waiver program for Kuwaiti citizens, you will need to follow the instructions provided by the embassy or consulate of Kuwait to apply.
Kuwait has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with many countries providing visa-free or visa-on-arrival access for its citizens. So far, these include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
In addition, Kuwaiti citizens can visit the country without a visa if they are traveling as part of an official delegation or otherwise under an explicit grant of permission. Further details regarding visa requirements for Kuwaiti citizens can be found on the websites of the relevant embassies and consulates.
At the moment, all foreigners are prohibited from entering Kuwait. This prohibition does not apply to Kuwaiti nationals, their foreign first-degree relatives (husbands, wives, and children), or their accompanying domestic employees. Otherwise, there is nothing to indicate that foreigners will be treated any differently from Kuwaitis when entering or staying in the country.
In practice, this means that anyone who does not belong to one of the excluded categories can expect trouble getting into Kuwait. It's also possible that immigration officers may deny entry to Kuwaiti citizens with non-Kuwaiti passports. There have been reports of both happening recently.
The only way to find out if you can enter Kuwait is to check with the Kuwaiti Embassy in your home country or on its website. If you're allowed in, they'll send you a letter of invitation (called "visa") authorizing stay for up to 30 days. This must be shown upon arrival at a Kuwaiti airport or border post.
If you get stopped by authorities when trying to enter the country with no visa, say you were invited by a Kuwaiti citizen and you'll probably be allowed to go ahead. However, more often than not, they'll ask for your passport so that they can stamp it after you've gone through security.