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Speed up travel at Kuwait Airport- Hala for visa immigration

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Postby silkroad » Sat Jul 14, 2007 1:52 pm

This post is originally from my blog, www<dot>bordercrossed<dot>com/2007/06/09/speed-up-travel-at-kuwait-airport-hala-services/

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to travelers is delay at the airport. The issue has been particularly serious in Kuwait for arriving visitors who're non-GCC Nationals. There have been times when I had to wait more than 2 hours at the airport before being allowed to enter the country. So I decide to find out and share some tips to help other people save time. Hope this is useful for you

The problem - lengthy visa procedure at Kuwait International Airport

Kuwait has a visa process that is restrictive by international standard. Every non-GCC visitor has to apply for visa in advance before entering Kuwait. In 2004, the Ministry of Interior has adopted a policy to open up its borders. Nationals of the following countries can apply for visa at the airport

1. USA.
2. UK.
3. France.
4. Italy.
5. Germany.
6. Canada.
7. Australia.
8. New Zealand.
9. Japan.
10. The Netherlands.
11. Belgium.
12. Luxembourg.
13. Switzerland.
14. Austria.
15. Sweden.
16. Norway.
17. Denmark.
18. Portugal.
19. Ireland.
20. Greece.
21. Finland.
22. Spain.
23. Monaco.
24. the Vatican.
25. Iceland.
26. Andorra.
27. San Marino.
28. Liechtenstein.
29. Brunei.
30. Singapore.
31. Malaysia.
32. Hong Kong.
33. South Korea.
34. China.*

*They recently excluded China, but the decision was not publicized. Customs officials told me they originally did not plan to restrict Chinese visitors. However, thousands of prostitutes and criminals flock to the country and stay there using the loophole. Therefore, when you arrive at Kuwait International Airport today, you will see notice boards stating people from these 34 countries can obtain visa there, with big crosses covering the word "China". Moreover, Nationals of Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong were screened in extra caution (that means extra wait time!), because Kuwaiti officials are concerned that Chinese may try using fake passports of these 3 countries to enter Kuwait. They have no way to tell from the look, whether someone is from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong or China

Usually people need to wait for 1 - 1.5 hour to have a visa issued. If you don't want to wait, here is a good service to use

<span style="font-weight: bold">Solution - Hala (Meet-and-greet) Services</span>
Realizing this problem, entrepreneurs have found a way to speed up the visa process. This is a service run by a private company called Hala Services Kuwait. User can register online or call them at +965-842-842 (Ext. 304) to ask for help. Of all the services they provide (from welcoming you by flowers and dates at the gate to wheelchair assistance), I recommend the airport visa service

I tried it myself. As soon as I stepped out of the plane, I saw a lady holding up a cardboard with my name on it. Then she escorted me directly to the visa counter. Instead of waiting in line with the other ~100 travelers, we bypassed the whole process by using a special counter. 15 minutes later, I was already outside the airport

It costs 1 KD (~3.5 USD), but it's worth it as I don't have to worry about waiting. Now I don't have to worry about arriving after a 747-400 from Amsterdam, and how long I have to wait until they give you a visa

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Postby Gina » Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:39 am

Great write-up! This is very helpful..
Thank you for the info :D
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cost of visa at airport

Postby shelley » Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:22 am

I will be visiting Kuwait this weekend and was wondering how much the visa costs when purchased at the airport (I will only be there for three days). There is tons of info about the price if you go through the US Embassy before leaving, but I can't find anything regarding this price. Actually while I'm on here...what is appropriate to wear? I have been living in Jordan for the past few months and I know capris and t-shirts are no problem here, but would that not fly down there? Thanks!
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Postby Gina » Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:09 pm

hi shelly

sorry there was no reply to your queries. How much did the visa cost?
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Postby Searcaigh » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:45 am

Hi Just came across this forum this morning.

Having had two visits to Kuwait recently this month on business (from Dubai) the cost of a visit visa for GCC residents at least is 6KD and not 3KD as per what I have read on other websites.

You will be given a receipt for 3KD :shock:

It is also worth noting that the number allocation system is not well signposted and much confusion exists.

Only KD is accepted to pay for the visa no other currency, there is an ATM opposite the visa counter next to a bank if you do not have KD

On my second trip to Kuwait this month I was through in 20 mins.
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hi visa fee

Postby jafarsamdani » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:42 pm

Gina wrote:hi shelly

sorry there was no reply to your queries. How much did the visa cost?
there such is no visit visa fee, but only 2 kd stapm but if u stay at hotel they ll charge u 100KD. any hlep u can ask.
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