1. Visa Service Centre Al Qabas Assurex
The external service provider Al Qabas Assurex is operating a Visa Application Centre in support of the German Embassy in Kuwait.
Short-term applications for Schengen Visas (e.g. for tourism, visits, business, medical) for travels to Germany are to be submitted to
the service provider Al Qabas who will for your convenience ensure that all the relevant documents are included in your application.
The German Embassy Kuwait is also processing applications for Schengen Visas on behalf of Iceland, Finland and Norway.
Kindly note that all our additional services are optional and do not influence the conclusion of the visa applicaiton process.
Please ensure that you file your visa application at least 2 weeks prior to your trip.
2. Which country to apply with?
You can apply for a Schengen visa at the German Embassy through Al Qabas Assurex if Germany is your main destination and if you are
currently residing in Kuwait. The German Embassy also represents the Embassies of Finland, Iceland and Norway in consular affairs and
issues visas to these countries.
If you want to apply for a visa for Germany, please do make sure that you apply for the correct visa category:
Category A - Airport Transit Visa
Category C - Schengen visa (short-term visa - for visits/business/medical to Germany of up to 90 days)
Category D - National visa (long-term visa - stay over 90 days, e.g. for studies, work permit, family reunion, long-term medical in Germany)
Please note that processing of a National visa application may take several weeks. The application needs to be filed directly at the German Embassy.”
Those who have a student visa type from countries like UK, USA, and IRELAND etc. and currently holding
the student visa needs to apply for visa from the country of residence and not country of origin.
For example a Kuwaiti student is studying is USA he needs to apply for
German visa from USA his country of residence and not his country of origin i.e. Kuwait.
3. Period of stay in Schengen area
The Schengen Visa allows the holder to a total stay of maximum 90 days. If you are planning a stay for longer than 90 days (e.g. study in Germany,
long-term medical, family reunion) then please contact the German Embassy directly to apply for a residence permit (Email: email@example.com)
If you hold a multiple entry Schengen Visa, you may stay for a maximum of 90 days within 180 days. You may leave and return any number of times
within the 180-day period, but the combined stay within the Schengen States must not total more than 90 days. Important is the date of the actual
entry, not the beginning of the visa validity.
Date of first entry: 01.03.2016
Stay: 01.03. to 10.03.2016 and 15.05. until 02.08.2016 (90 days)
The period of 6 months ends on 31.08.2016
After that date, immediately a new entry is possible (if your visa validity permits as marked on the visa sticker). The date of re-entry would then
be automatically the date of the new 6-month-period, in which the holder of the Schengen Visa can stay again a maximum of 90 days. Between the end of
the first six months and the beginning of the next six months must always be a departure and return into the Schengen area (at least 1 day).
How to calculate the 90 days period
The Schengen Visa allows the holder a total stay of maximum 90 days within 180 days. If you are planning a stay for longer than 90 days (e.g. study
in Germany, long-term medical, family reunion) then please contact the German Embassy directly to apply for a residence permit (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you hold a multiple entry Schengen Visa, you may leave and return any number of times within the 180-day period, but the combined stay within the Schengen States must not total more than 90 days.
Important is the date of the actual entry, not the beginning of the visa validity. A clearer definition of short stay on non-EU citizens in the Schengen area ("90 days in any 180 days period") is applicable from 18 October 2013.
Since then a new method of calculation of short stays applies - please find a below calculator tool of the EU Commission that might assist you to calculate your periods of stay:
4. New Biometric Data – Visa Information System
According to the Visa Codex of the EU all visa applicants in the Gulf Region have to present themselves in person for the collection
of biometric data (fingerprints) as of October 2nd 2012.
Certain categories of applicants are exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints, including:
Children under the age of 12;
Persons who are physically unable to provide finger scans (medical certificate required);
Heads of State and members of national governments, and members of their official delegations when invited for an official purpose by the
Federal Republic of Germany or an International Organization;
Monarchs and high ranking members of the royal family, when invited for an official purpose by the Federal Republic of Germany or an
If you already had your fingerprints taken during the past 5 years you may not have to apply in person. However, if biometric capturing of your
fingerprints failed or has been compromised due to technical problems, you must once more provide your fingerprints. In this case, you will be
contacted by the German Embassy or by Al Qabas Assurex respectively.
The visa section of the Embassy is not entitled to grant additional exemptions.
5. Processing time
Please ensure that you file your visa application at least 2 weeks prior to your trip!
As a rule, missions require between two and ten working days to decide on an application for a short stay visa.
Application for visas entitling the holder to a longer stay or to take up gainful employment may take several months to process.
During the peak travel season there may be a waiting period for making an application to a German mission. Persons requiring
a visa to enter Germany should therefore submit their applications in good time.
Kuwaiti nationals: a minimum of three to five working days is required from the moment your application arrives at the Embassy until
you get back your stamped passport.
Other nationalities: the procedure can take up to two weeks.
During this time, neither the Embassy nor the Visa Application Centre can provide any information on the details of your application. Inquiries
regarding the status of visa applications can only be handled after completion of the above stated processing period.
The visa clearance is a computerized process – the German Embassy has no influence of the processing time.
Please make sure you apply early enough to avoid being disappointed!
If you have handed in your visa application at Al-Qabas Assurex, please note that you can follow up the status of your Schengen visa application
online through the tracking system on http://qavisa.com/trackVisaStatus.aspx or by phone 22924444.
Applicants who need additional information or have other enquiries/questions, but did not find the relevant information on this website can
contact the German Embassy Kuwait:
Phone: 96054084 (telephone call service only – text messages like SMS or WhatsApp will not be answered) from Sunday to Thursday 07.30 – 08.30 a.m.
and 12.00 – 13.30 hrs