Foreign travel advice

Kuwait

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.

Summary

The Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah died on 29 September 2020. The Government of Kuwait announced a period of 40 days of national mourning. The Government will close for the first three days of this period. You should be careful to respect local customs during this period.

Travel to Kuwait is subject to entry restrictions

  • As of 1 August 2020 the Kuwait Government is allowing British citizens to enter Kuwait if they hold valid residencies and a negative PCR test, conducted no more than 96 hours before acceptance on the flight to Kuwait. The test result should be in English.
  • Visit visas are not issued on arrival or at Embassies outside Kuwait, until further notice.
  • On entry to Kuwait you will need to self-isolate for 14 days in your home.
  • You will not be allowed to enter Kuwait if, in the preceding 14 days, you have been in a country 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.

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.

Following the attack on the coalition base at Taji in Iraq on 11 March, and subsequent US airstrikes, tensions may be raised across the region. 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.

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