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Kuwait travel advice

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Kuwait based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel to Kuwait is subject to entry restrictions

  • Kuwait has announced that it will only allow Kuwaitis and first-degree relatives of Kuwaitis into the country between 7 and 21 February.
  • Commercial flights to and from Kuwait are operating at a reduced capacity of 35 passengers per flight.
  • Direct flights to UK were suspended from 6 January.
  • Travelers cannot enter Kuwait if they have been in the UK during the preceding 14 days.

  • You also cannot enter Kuwait if, in the preceding 14 days, you have been in any of the other countries Kuwait considers high risk for COVID-19. This list is regularly updated: you should follow @Kuwait_dgca on Twitter for the latest countries on the list
  • Apart from during the period 7 to 21 February, British citizens can enter Kuwait if they have not been in a banned country in the preceding 14 days, hold valid residencies, and have a negative PCR test. The PCR test must be conducted no more than 72 hours before acceptance on the flight to Kuwait. The test result should be in English.
  • On entry to Kuwait you will need to undergo a further PCR test in the airport and then self-isolate for 14 days in your home. From 21 February this system will change: you will have to undergo self-funded compulsory quarantine for 7 days in a designated hotel, followed by a further 7 days of home isolation.

  • Visit visas are not issued on arrival or at Embassies outside Kuwait, until further notice

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Kuwait, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) guidance on foreign travel insurance.

Around 8,000 British nationals live in Kuwait and a further 10,000 visit each year. Most visits to Kuwait are trouble-free.

There is a possibility of an increased threat against Western interests, including against UK citizens. You should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.

Terrorist attacks in Kuwait can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

You must carry your passport or a Kuwait civil identification card at all times. See Local laws and customs

Take care if you plan to travel to conservative areas such as Jahra. There are high levels of crime, particularly robberies, in Jleeb Al Shuyoukh. See Local travel

Following maritime restrictions issued by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior in 2011, you should also take care when sailing in Kuwaiti waters. See Sea travel

You can contact the emergency services by calling 112 (fire, police and ambulance).

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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