Foreign Banks in Kuwait [Opening With Banks in Kuwait]

If you’re looking to open an account with foreign banks in Kuwait, you’re in the right place.

In this article, we’ll share various options for navigating account onboarding from abroad, important considerations, and factors that can impact whether you’ll be approved for an account or not.

That said, if you’re looking to open an offshore bank account remotely, there are other options that you should probably consider instead.

Of course, if you’re a resident of Kuwait and require local banking, then the information below is going to help you start your search for the perfect bank account.

Feel free to jump ahead to the areas most relevant to you by using the table of contents below.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreign Banks in Kuwait
  2. Personal Banking With Foreign Banks in Kuwait
  3. International Alternatives
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. Ready to Explore Your Options?

Foreign Banks in Kuwait

Twelve foreign banks operate in Kuwait. These include major international banks from the United States, the United Kingdom, other countries in the Middle East, and even China.

That said, most international banks that operate in Kuwait support commercial transactions and international trade. In other words, not all banks will offer personal transactional banking that is required by individual clients.

So if you’re looking for personal banking, you may want to consider other alternative countries that closely align with your banking needs, residency, and even citizenship instead.

Here is a list of the countries that are currently represented in Kuwait’s banking industry by major international banks.

  • Bahrain
  • China
  • France
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabi
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • United Kingdom

Of course, opening a bank account in Kuwait will largely depend on your status in the country. In other words, are you a Kuwaiti citizen, a foreign resident, or a non-resident? We’ll explore each of these profiles and their options below.

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Personal Banking With Foreign Banks in Kuwait

As mentioned, foreign banks in Kuwait typically support commercial activities. That said, there are personal account opening options, depending on your residency status.

Generally speaking, in order to open a personal bank account in Kuwait, you will need to be a Kuwaiti resident.

Not surprisingly, your residence status is then verified during the account opening process by providing your residence visa and a special No Objection Certificate, which must be provided by your employer or local sponsor.

International Alternatives

While it’s valuable to have a local bank account in any country where you spend considerable time, there is another option that many expats are turning to for longer-term banking and financial services, expat banking.

Expat banking, or international banking, involves opening an account in a country that is not your country of citizenship or country of residence.

Not surprisingly, banks that offer expat banking services typically cater to professionals living and working in various jurisdictions. However, they do not require ties to the country where the bank is located.

As such, they offer a unique mix of services, allow 100% remote opening, and provide access to products like international credit cards, investment accounts, and much more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are two of the most common questions that we receive from people looking to open bank accounts in Kuwait. If you have further questions you would like answered, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.

Can Non-Residents Open a Kuwait Bank Account?

In most cases, in order to open a Kuwaiti bank account, you need to be a Kuwaiti resident. This requires applicants to present their residence visa and their No Objection Certificate during the account opening process.

How Can I Find the Best Foreign Banks in Kuwait?

In order to find the best foreign bank in Kuwait, you need to consider your specific requirements. This is especially important if you are looking for business banking with cross-border support such as credit facilities.

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The GlobalBanks editorial team comprises a group of subject-matter experts from across the banking world, including former bankers, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs. All have in-depth knowledge and experience in various aspects of international banking. In particular, they have expertise in banking for foreigners, non-residents, and both foreign and offshore companies.

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