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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Kuwait
Data Last Updated: September 03, 2020

General Information

Very Limited Access

Kuwait has resumed commercial flights to 20 countries on August 1.

Returning citizens or those allowed entry are subject to mandatory testing and/or 14 day quarantine.

U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

A nationwide 9-hour curfew from 8:00pm to 5:00am is in effect during Phase Two of Kuwait’s five-phased reopening plan. A complete lockdown is in effect on Mahboula and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh until July 9. 

The lockdown on Farwaniya (except for areas between Streets 60, 120, 502, and 129) is in effect until further notice. Residents in these areas may leave their house but are not permitted to leave their neighborhood.

People who are found in violation of the curfew order or lockdown may face imprisonment and fines. Foreign nationals found in violation of the curfew order may also risk deportation. 

The use of face masks is mandatory in all public spaces. Individuals who are found in violation of the law will be imprisoned for up to three months and/or fined up to 5,000 KD. 

Government offices and private businesses with no more than 30 percent staff, banking, financial, and construction sectors, retail stores, shopping malls, and public parks, and restaurant takeout services have reopened as of June 30.

Airlines & Transport

Kuwait's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that flights will begin operating from KIA to eight countries in the Middle East — the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Qatar, Jordan, Iran and Egypt.

Six in Europe — Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UK, Turkey, Switzerland, Germany and Azerbaijan;

Five in Asia-Pacific — Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, the Philippines and India; and to Ethiopia in Africa

Kuwait has a plan to gradually restart flights in 3 phases. The first stage, which starts on 1 August, will see KIA operate at 30pc capacity — no more than 10,000 passengers and 100 flights a day. The second phase is scheduled to begin on 1 February, and the third on 1 August 2021.

Status of Opening to Tourists

Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days

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Test Required For Tourists From:

12 Countries

Bahrain

Ethiopia

Germany

India

Lebanon

Oman

Pakistan

Philippines

Sri Lanka

Switzerland

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

Not Allowing Tourists From:

230 Countries

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

American Samoa

Andorra

Angola

Anguilla

Antarctica

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bonaire

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

China

Christmas Island

Cocos Islands

Colombia

Comoros

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Democratic Republic of Congo

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Eswatini

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

France

French Guiana

French Polynesia

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Ghana

Gibraltar

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guam

Guatemala

Guernsey

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Isle of Man

Israel

Italy

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Japan

Jersey

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Latvia

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macao

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Montserrat

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

Netherlands

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Niue

Norfolk Island

North Korea

Northern Mariana Islands

Norway

Palau

Palestine

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Pitcairn

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Republic of Congo

Réunion

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saint Barthélemy

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Martin

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Sint Maarten

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

South Georgia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Sudan

Suriname

Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Sweden

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tokelau

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos

Tuvalu

U.S. Virgin Islands

Uganda

Ukraine

United States

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vatican City

Venezuela

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Information for Non-Tourists

Non-Kuwaiti immediate family members of Kuwaiti citizens who are traveling together with their Kuwaiti family members are allowed entry into the country since June. 

Kuwaiti citizens who enter Kuwait from any country will be put in home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival unless they display COVID-19 symptoms in which case they will be put in institutional quarantine. 

Travel to Kuwait (Information from Emirates)

Effective 1 August, only the following passengers will be allowed to travel to Kuwait.

Kuwaiti nationals and their first-degree relatives. For first-degree relatives who do not have resident status in Kuwait must present a document proving their relationship with the Kuwaiti national.

Residents of Kuwait

GCC nationals
GCC nationals travelling to Kuwait must present a valid passport. Civil ID will not be accepted for travel.
Domestic workers accompanied by GCC citizens must have a valid visa to enter Kuwait. 

Resident permit holders who have left Kuwait on or after 1 September 2019 and have stayed outside Kuwait for more than six months can return provided their resident permit/visa is still valid.

All passengers must carry an original negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate in English issued by one of the laboratories approved by concerned authorities in Kuwait. The certificate must not be older than 72 hours from the date the test was taken.

Handbags with wheels or trolley-type handbags are not allowed. 

All passengers should install and update all the required information on the Shlonik app before boarding. They should also have Kuwait – Mosafer installed on their personal devices (smartphones).

All passengers must undergo a 14-day home quarantine on arrival.

For more information please refer to the Ministry of Interior and Kuwait Civil Aviation website

The visa on arrival facility is currently not available.

All nationalities who have a valid Residence Permit (valid civil ID) are allowed to enter Kuwait if they have not visited the following countries and territories within 14 days of their arrival. 

Armenia

Bangladesh

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil

Chile

China

Colombia

Dominican Republic

Egypt

Hong Kong

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Italy

Kosovo

Lebanon

Mexico

Moldova

Montenegro

Nepal

North Macedonia 

Pakistan

Panama

Peru

Philippines

Serbia

Singapore

Spain

Sri Lanka

Syria

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Cases

1,393

Deaths

56,568

Cases Per Million
Recovering Well From COVID-19

Graph of COVID-19 Cases In Last 30 Days
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