Kuwait has approved a new type of visa, allowing anyone interested in sports or culture to visit the nation with greater flexibility.
According to local media sources, Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister, issued a decree introducing this latest visa.
The newly introduced visa, which will be given by the General Directorate for Residency Affairs, is intended to expedite access into Kuwait for those involved in sports, cultural, or social activities.
Applicants must apply through a recognised sports club, social organisation, cultural association, or other sanctioned groups in accordance with the authorities’ criteria.
The sporting and cultural visas will be valid for three months at first, with the option of renewing them for up to one year from the date of issuance. This decision has been added as a new clause into Ministerial Resolution No. 957/2019’s Article 4.
The creation of this new visa category is intended to benefit Kuwait’s sports and tourist sectors, thereby supporting the country’s economy in these sectors.
According to World Bank forecasts, Kuwait’s population will be at 4.5 million by 2021. The country is in Western Asia, in the northeastern section of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bounded to the south by Saudi Arabia and to the north and west by Iraq. To the east, the country has a coastline along the Arabian Gulf.
Kuwait received 2.3 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2019, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).