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Kuwait: Your Guide to Overflight and Landing Permits

Updated: Nov 1


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We're taking you through the process of obtaining overflight and landing permits for one of the gems of the Arabian Gulf - Kuwait. Let's explore the necessary details to ensure a smooth flight through Kuwait's airspace.


General Information about Kuwait


Kuwait: The Gems of the Arabian Gulf


Kuwait, a small but vibrant nation located in the Middle East, boasts a rich history and a flourishing modern culture. The capital city, Kuwait City, is a blend of futuristic skyscrapers and ancient architecture, presenting a unique juxtaposition of tradition and modernity. With Arabic as the official language, and the Kuwaiti Dinar as the official currency, this country welcomes visitors with warm hospitality and a distinctive cultural experience.

​Capital: Kuwait City

Official Language: Arabic

Currency: Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)

Time Zone: Arabian Standard Time (AST)

When planning a flight that involves passing over or landing within Kuwait, understanding the permit requirements is essential to ensure a seamless and compliant journey.


Is permit required?

Private Flight

Commercial – Non-scheduled

Overflight Permit

Yes

Yes

Landing Permit

Yes

Yes

Permit Overview

Overflight Permit

Landing Permit

Permit Validity (Hours)

+24

+24

Lead Time (Working Days)

1

2-3

Permit number format

1234-ATO/23

1234-ATO/23

CAA Processing Fee

Nil

NIL

Air Navigation Bill

CAA to Applicant

-


Is Kuwait an ICAO Member State?

Yes

Is Kuwait a EUROCONTROL Member State?

No

Kuwait 2-LTR Code:

KW

Kuwait ICAO Area Code:

OK

FIR/UIR:

OKAC

Application Process


To obtain an overflight permit for Kuwait, you must submit your request to the Civil Aviation Authority of Kuwait (DGCA Safat). It's advisable to initiate the application process well in advance, preferably 5 working days before your intended flight date. However, you should read our article on VarnaJet short notice permits. If your flight necessitates a landing in Kuwait, you'll need to obtain a landing permit. The landing permit requirements generally include the same documentation as overflight permits, with additional considerations, some documentation are not necessarily required; you just need to keep them ready and valid in case they are needed for the permit application.


Required Information

- Operator name & address

- Aircraft registry

- Callsign – Flight number

- Aircraft type – MTOW

- Flight schedule details

- Purpose of flight

- PAX or Cargo details

- Entry / Exit Points

Required Documentation


When applying for an overflight or landing permit, you might need to provide the following documents:

- Air Operator Certificate (AOC)

- Aircraft Registration Certificate (AR)

- Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA)

- Air Noise Certificate (ANC)

- Insurance Certificate

What to consider when you have a flight over/to Kuwait


Make sure you are aware and ready with the following, even if they might not be requested by CAA:


Insurance Coverage:

You must have valid and comprehensive insurance coverage for your aircraft. Ensure that your insurance meets the requirements set by Kuwait authorities.


Flight Plan:

A detailed flight plan including your route, waypoints, and estimated time of arrival and departure from Kuwait airspace.


Aircraft Information:

Details about your aircraft, including registration, type, and capacity.


Crew Information:

The names and qualifications of your flight crew.


Purpose of Flight:

A clear explanation of the purpose of your flight, whether it's for commercial, private, or humanitarian purposes. PAX details or cargo details should be available.


Receiving party /CNOR-CNEE:

In case the landing permit is needed for a specific country/Purpose of Flight; pay attention to have all the contact details of the receiving party.


Navigation Fees:

Charge = KD 40 Some aircraft categories are exempted from this charge like UN, Red Crescent, Red Cross, etc.


Landing Charges: MTOW up to 50 000 kg: KD 1.00 per 1 000 kg or part thereof.

MTOW exceeding 50 000 kg: KD 50.00 for the first 50 000 kg and KD 0.3 for each additional 1000 kg.

Parking Charges:

First two hours free, thereafter KD 0.100 per tonne of MTOW or part thereof for each day or part thereof.


Compliance with International Regulations:

Your flight plan and operations must comply with international aviation regulations and agreements. Ensure that your aircraft is equipped with the necessary communication and navigation systems required for safe airspace transit.


Coordination with VarnaJet


Once your application is submitted, it may take few days for the Kuwait CAA (DGCA Safat) to process and approve your overflight or landing permit. VarnaJet will ensure quick process of obtaining. Maintain open communication with our team and be prepared for potential changes or delays in your flight schedule that needs to be addressed to our team as soon as possible.


Conclusion


Navigating the skies of Kuwait requires careful planning and adherence to regulatory requirements. At VarnaJet, we specialize in obtaining permits swiftly and efficiently, ensuring your flights over Kuwait are seamless and compliant. Contact us today for expert assistance in securing your overflight and landing permits.


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