Kuwait, an overview:
Since ancient times, the State of Kuwait has served as the gateway to the Middle East. It lies at the northwest corner of the Arabian Gulf; it is due to this unique geographical location that it became a link between the east and west. This made Kuwait, and specifically its most prominent island Failaka, an anchorage area for trade ships. Within a few decades following the discovery of oil, a nation of fishermen, pearl divers and traders has transformed into a modern and developed country.
Modern day Kuwait has much to offer its visitors. The city is home to a large variety of shopping malls, which serve as the basis of Kuwaiti social life. Famous malls include Marina Mall, the 360 Mall, and its largest yet, The Avenues Mall. The historical landmarks in Kuwait are an embellishment to its modern skyline; these include, the Grand Mosque, Dickson House and the Tareq-Rajab museum. However; of the Kuwaiti landmarks, the Kuwait Towers are the most famous. These are situated on the Arabian Gulf Street and include a restaurant with a breathtaking view in the topmost sphere of the largest tower. The weather of the country is characterized by long, hot and dry summers and short, cool and sometimes rainy winters. The Kuwaiti Dinar (KD) is the official currency, and is equal to about 3.5 U.S. dollars.
Kuwait International Airport located 16km (10 miles) south of Kuwait City is Kuwait's only airport served by several airlines, mostly flying within the Middle East. The reasonably modern enterprise recently upgraded to accommodate new Sheik Saad Terminal connects Kuwait to most of the Middle Eastern airports and some of the major air destinations around the globe.
All visitors to Kuwait must have a passport that is valid for at least six months.
Upon the instructions of the ministry of interior, nationals of the following countries shall be granted the entry visas to the state of Kuwait upon their arrival to Kuwait international airport:-
The United States of America - The United Kingdom - France - Italy - Germany - Canada - Australia - New Zealand - Japan - Netherlands - Belgium - Luxembourg - Switzerland - Austria - Sweden - Norway - Denmark - Portugal - Greece - Ireland - Finland - Spain - Monaco - Vatican -Iceland - Andorra - San Marino – Liechtenstein - Brunei - Singapore - Malaysia - Hong Kong - South Korea - Bhutan - Poland - Georgia - Vietnam - Slovenia - Estonia - Czech - Turkey - Bulgaria - Romania - Cyprus - Swaziland - Slovakia - Cambodia - Latvia- Laos - Lithuania - Malta – Hungary.
Nationals of all the GCC countries do not require a visa. However, they must carry their National ID and passport with them.
For other nationalities, visas may be obtained from the Kuwait Embassy located in their country or they could request the hotel when making the reservation for accommodation. Visas are normally valid for three months from the date of issue.