Living in Kuwait guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Kuwait with the expat guide

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General information
  • Located on the Arabian peninsula, Kuwait has a large expat population. It has a desert climate, with high daytime and lower nighttime temperatures.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Some important facts about Kuwait, including laws, customs and an overview of the difference neighbourhoods.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Expats' employers should assist with the process of applying for a visa for Kuwait, including for spouses and other family members moving with you.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Most expats working in Kuwait apply for a position in the country well before arriving there. Some companies may offer inter-company transfers to Kuwait.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Kuwait offers a variety of accommodation in different areas of the country. Small and large apartment buildings and villas are readily available.

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  • It is important for us to live in a community that we feel comfortable and secured. I wrote this article for expatriates specifically the new comers to have an idea of the places in Kuwait and what they offer.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Kuwait has a number of further education institutions for potential international students to choose from. You will need a student visa to study in Kuwait.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Kuwait has a developed healthcare system, though free healthcare is only available to Kuwaiti nationals. Expats can access these services for a small cost

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Expats looking to open a bank account in Kuwait will likely be assisted by their employer when doing so. Joint bank accounts are not permitted.

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Tax system, income tax
  • Kuwait has a favourable tax system that means expats do not pay income tax. Corporate tax is fixed at a flat rate of 15%.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • It is not difficult to get around in Kuwait. Read this article to find the most suitable for you way to move within the country.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • With a tourist visa, you can drive with a foreign or international driver's licence. With a resident visa, however, you will need a Kuwaiti licence.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Moving to a new country can be a stressful event for you and your family, but there are many ways to make the move as stress-free as possible.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • You can keep in touch via internet, mobile phones or using the post in Kuwait. You should use international postal companies when sending packages abroad.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • There are numerous leisure activities for expats to enjoy in Kuwait, from sports to cultural centres.

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  • There are various childcare, pre-primary and primary school options for expats in Kuwait. There are also a number of after school activities.

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