Entry requirements

This page has information on travelling to Kuwait.

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Kuwait set and enforce entry rules. If you’re unsure how Kuwait’s entry requirements apply to you, contact its UK embassy, high commission or consulate.

All travellers

On 1 May 2022 all travel restrictions that were implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted by the Kuwaiti authorities.

If you’re fully vaccinated

Entry requirements for Kuwait are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Proof of vaccination status

You don’t need to provide your vaccination status for entry to Kuwait.

If you’re not fully vaccinated

Entry requirements for Kuwait are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year

Entry requirements for Kuwait are the same for all travellers, regardless of whether you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past year.

Children and young people

There are no specific requirements for children and young people.

If you’re transiting through Kuwait

Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination.

Check with your airline before departing.

Exemptions

There are no exemptions to Kuwait’s entry requirements.

Check your passport and travel documents before you travel

Visas

E-visas are now available for fully vaccinated individuals. Visit the Ministry of Interior website for more information. On arrival in Kuwait, the immigration authorities may ask to see evidence of return or onward travel, a sponsor’s letter and hotel confirmation. For further information, contact the Embassy of Kuwait, 2 Albert Gate, London, SW1X 7JU (telephone 020 7590 3400).

Passport validity

For visit visas, obtained on arrival or in advance, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Kuwait.

For residency visas, your passport should be valid for a minimum of 2 years.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are not valid for entry into Kuwait. However, ETDs are accepted for airside transit and exit from Kuwait. Residents and tourists will need to get an exit stamp before leaving. Kuwait residency permits are cancelled when an ETD is issued.

Previous travel to Israel

If you have an Israeli stamp in your passport, you may be refused a visa and/or entry into Kuwait.

Living and working in Kuwait

For work or residency visas, apply to the Kuwaiti Embassy in London.

If you intend to use UK documents like academic records, marriage certificates, or your driving licence in your application, you should have all such documents authenticated by the FCDO in the UK or by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country in which they were awarded and the nearest Kuwaiti Embassy. The same procedure is necessary for children’s birth certificates.

Your employers should not retain your passport.