Summary

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Kuwait’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

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.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

The FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022. If you are attending the tournament, you should check the travel advice in full for each country you plan to visit or transit through. Rules and requirements will vary from country to country. If you are travelling from Kuwait to Qatar during the World Cup period, you must ensure you have a Hayya Card (form of Fan ID). See Qatar World Cup 2022 for more information.