DUBAI: Expats whose visas have expired will be given a three-month free extension, from March 1 until May 31, state news agency KUNA reported on Wednesday.
The directive comes amid the coronavirus pandemic which forced many ministries to shut down in order to prevent the spread of the disease, the Ministry of Interior said.
The extension will only apply to individuals whose visas expired and are still in Kuwait.
Sponsors can apply online via the ministry’s website.
Earlier this month, the ministry launched online services to boost social distancing and curb the spread of COVID-19.
Residents can now transfer their visas from one passport to another, modify their names in English, and renew family and sponsor residencies online.
Kuwait has reported 1,405 people infected with coronavirus, three fatalities and 206 recovered patients.