Reschedule Kuwait Airways after Kuwait Tourist Visa Failed

Exactly thirty days before my backpacking departure to Middle East Region, I started to get busy in hunting all visas needed, it were tourist visas to visiting Kochi, Dubai, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar.

Among the six visas, I had a bitter experience when I finally failed to get a Kuwait Tourist Visa. This caused me to must satisfy to just enjoying Kuwait by transit, but of course it was better than nothing.

At the end of November, all information about Kuwait Tourist Visa which I got through internet (google, youtube and facebook) I recorded in detail. Until I phoned those contact numbers one by one. The best information which I have was that I could enter Kuwait by Visa on Arrival (VoA).

Conversation via Whatsapp with Kuwait Visa agency.

Calling several phone numbers which I got on internet, every ring which I sent was unanswered. So to immediately made sure, I rushed to Kuningan area in early December to directly ask at Kuwaiti Embassy.

It was quite difficult to find its location, because the address which was displayed by Google was never correct. I had to get lost in an unnamed embassy office in Patra Kuningan I Avenue . A large building which was guarded by a group of men in military helmets and armed with long barrels. The brake screech of my motorbike right in front of the entrance made them suddenly alert and raised their weapons to their chests.

Me: “Sir, is it the Kuwaiti Embassy, ​​is it?

Guard: “No sir, this is the Australian Embassy”.

Me: “How come google maps directs me here, sir?”.

Guard: “That’s wrong, Sir, a lot of people stray here like you“.

Me: “Do you know where the location is?”.

Guard: “Oh, I don’t know, Sir“.

Finally they lowered the position of weapon after knowing my aim. It’s just that I admits that I was impolite, asking something on a motorbike and right in front of the gate…. Hahahaha.

Address from other sources also led me to stray on Denpasar Raya Avenue. I didn’t know what office it was, fortunately its guard was able to give me clear direction to the Kuwait Embassy. Until finally I arrived at the Kuwait Embassy office on Mega Kuningan Barat III Avenue.

Pretty simple Kuwaiti Embassy office.

There were no visitors and only two security guarded it. They directed me to sit on a small terrace in left corner of the embassy. Until they called the staff who handled Visa application.

Finally my hope of exploring Kuwait were dashed after the beautiful embassy staff gave an explanation through a narrow slit in the visa counter.

For Indonesian citizens, Kuwait does not issue tourist visas, Sir. We only handle Working Visas and Diplomatic Visas. To be able to travel there, you have to get a Calling Visa from your friends or family in Kuwait,” She said.

Knowing my intention was gone then there wasn’t other way. I had to expedite the Kuwait-Doha departure ticket which I got since mid-April. After counting, rescheduling was more cheaper than buying a Bahrain-Doha direct flight ticket.

So from Bahrain, I was going to Doha with a transit in Kuwait.

Kuwait-Doha ticket.

I immediately contacted Kuwait Airways via Whatsapp in the first weekend of December.

Conversation with Kuwait Airways Customer Service.   
After fixed reschedule the flight, they gave me a payment link via email.
Link was two hours old. I needed to quickly make a payment via credit card.

In addition to rescheduling flights, of course I had to cancel hotel reservations on Booking.com.

Vera House & Hotel for 14.4 Kuwait Dollar per night.

This means, in the middle of my trip later, I wouldl visit Doha longer. From the previous plan, i.e three visiting days became five visiting days. And my exploration to Kuwait was only limited to transit. But this transit period had provided an unforgettable experience.

What kind of experience?….Hahaha, just read on next story!

Reschedule Kuwait Airways Setelah Visa Turis Kuwait Gagal

Tepat tiga puluh hari sebelum keberangkatan backpacking ke Timur Tengah, aku mulai sibuk mengurus segenap visa yang dibutuhkan yaitu visa turis untuk mengunjugi Kochi, Dubai, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait dan Qatar.

Diantara keenam visa itu, aku menyimpan pengalaman pahit ketika akhirnya tidak berhasil mendapatkan Visa Turis Kuwait. Hal inilah yang menyebabkan diriku harus puas untuk sekedar menikmati Kuwait dengan cara transit, tapi tentu lebih baik daripada tidak sama sekali.

Akhir November, semua informasi perihal Visa Turis Kuwait yang kudapat melalui internet (google, youtube dan facebook) kucatat dengan detail. Hingga kuhubungi satu persatu kontak  tersebut. Informasi terbaik yang kudapatkan adalah aku bisa memasuki Kuwait melalui Visa on Arrival (VoA).

Tetapi pada laman General Department of Residency, kubaca bahwa Indonesia tak termasuk dalam daftar negara yang warganya bisa mendapat VoA.

Percakapan melalui Whatsapp dengan agen pembuat Visa Kuwait.

Menghubungi nomor telepon yang kudapatkan di internet,  setiap dering yang kukirimkan tak kunjung terespon. Maka untuk memastikan segera, aku merangsek  ke daerah Kuningan di awal Desember untuk bertanya langsung ke Kedutaan Kuwait.

Cukup sulit mencari lokasinya, karena alamat yang ditampilkan google tak pernah tepat. Aku harus tersasar di sebuah kantor kedutaan tanpa nama di Jalan Patra Kuningan I . Gedung luas dengan penjagaan sekelompok pria berhelm militer dan bersenjata laras panjang. Decitan Beat Pop tepat di depan pintu masuk sontak membuat mereka mendadak waspada dan menaikkan senjata mereka ke dada.

Aku : “Pak, ini bukan Keduataan Kuwait ya?”

Penjaga: “Bukan mas, Ini Kedutaan Australia”.

Aku: “Kok google maps mengarahkan saya ke sini ya pak?”.

Penjaga: “Itu salah mas, banyak orang pada nyasar ke sini”.

Aku: “Bapak tahu lokasinya dimana?”.

Penjaga: “Wah saya kurang ngerti mas”.

Akhirnya mereka merendahkan posisi senjata setelah mengetahui tujuanku. Emang dasar akunya saja yang kurang sopan, bertanya di atas motor tepat di depan pintu gerbang….Hahahaha.

Alamat dari sumber  lain juga membuatku tersasar di Jalan Denpasar Raya. Entah kantor apakah itu, beruntung penjaganya bisa memberikanku arah yang jelas menuju Kedutaan Kuwait. Hingga akhirnya aku tiba di kantor Kedutaan Kuwait di Jalan Mega Kuningan Barat III.

Kantor Kedutaan Besar Kuwait yang cukup sederhana.

Sepi pengunjung dan hanya dijaga oleh dua orang Satpam. Mereka mempersilahkanku duduk di sebuah teras kecil di pojok kiri Kedutaan. Hingga mereka memanggilkanku staff yang mengurusi masalah Visa.

Akhirnya harapanku mengeksplore Kuwait pupus setelah staff cantik kedutaan itu memberi penjelasan melalui sebuah celah sempit sambil menunduk.

Untuk warga negara Indonesia, Kuwait tidak mengeluarkan Visa Turis, mas. Kami hanya mengurus Visa Kerja dan Visa Diplomatik saja. Untuk bisa berwisata, mas harus mendapatkan Calling Visa dari teman atau keluarga di Kuwait”, Ujarnya.

Mengetahui niatanku pupus maka tak ada cara lain. Aku harus mempercepat tiket keberangkatan Kuwait-Doha yang sudah kumiliki sejak pertengahan April. Setelah berhitung, mereschedule lebih hemat daripada membeli tiket direct filght Bahrain-Doha.

Jadi dari Bahrain, aku akan menuju Doha dengan bertransit di Kuwait.

Tiket awal Kuwait-Doha.

Aku segera menghubungi Kuwait Airways melalui Whatssapp di akhir pekan pertama Desember.

Percakapan dengan Customer Service Kuwait Airways.    
Setelah fixed mengatur ulang jadwal terbang, mereka memberiku sebuah link pembayaran via email.
Link berumur 2 jam. Aku harus cepat melakukan pembayaran melalui kartu Kredit.

Selain mereschedule penerbangan, tentu pemesanan hotel di Booking.com juga harus kubatalkan.

Vera House & Hotel seharga Rp. 670.000 per malam.

Ini berarti, ditengah perjalananku nanti, aku akan lebih lama mengunjugi Doha. Dari rencana semul 3 hari menjadi 5 hari. Dan eksplorasiku ke Kuwait hanya sebatas transit. Tapi justru masa transit ini telah memberikan pengalaman yang tak terlupa.

Pengalaman apa itu?….Hahaha, baca saja sebentar lagi!