Kuwait Interior Ministry has approved a proposal to increase expat fees for visas in the country.
The Interior Ministry’s assistant undersecretary for Nationality and Residency Affairs, Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, said the approval will see expat fees increase for visit and tourist visas, temporary residency, self-sponsorship and family dependency visas.
Speaking to Kuwait Times, Sheikh Mazen said the one-month visit visa that was free will cost KD 30 ($99). The three-month tourist visa will cost KD 90 ($298); family reunion (dependent) visas will cost KD 150 ($497) instead of KD 100 ($330), and for parents and siblings the visa cost will increase from KD 200 ($662) to KD 400 ($1,325).
Sheikh Mazen told Kuwait Times that the proposed increases have been sent to the legal department before they come into force. He said they are in line with plans to review expat fees in other government departments, like the health ministry.
Sheikh Mazen previously warned that there will no longer be any free services for expats, with increase in fees possible reaching 100 percent in some cases.