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Kuwait plans significant visa fee increases

Visas categories such as business and tourist would incur charges for the first time, while most other fees would be doubled

Kuwait plans significant visa fee increases

Kuwait is planning to significantly increase fees for visas, including business, tourist and family.

In some cases, visas that are currently free would for the first time incur fees, according to local media reports.

Commercial visas would cost KD30 ($100) for the first time, while a tourist visa would be charged KD90 for three months, making it one of the most expensive in the world. 

The cost of most other visas, which already incur fees, would double.

Interior Ministry assistant undersecretary for nationality and visa affairs Mazen Al Jarrah said existing fees were outdated, Kuwait Times reported.

He claimed the low visa fees attracted people who abused the country’s lower healthcare costs.

Long-term expats also will face higher charges.

Under the proposed new rates, a new work visa would cost KD20 and KD15 annually to renew it.

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