June 18, 2021: Message for U.S. Citizens:  Embassy Closure June 20  

Location:   Kuwait Event:   Embassy Closure June 20 U.S. Embassy Kuwait informs U.S. citizens that the Embassy will be closed for normal operations on Sunday, June 20, 2021 in observance of Juneteenth, a new Federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.  For life and death emergencies, please call the Embassy emergency line at 2259-1001.  For all other inquiries, please email  KuwaitACS@state.gov  and we will respond on Monday, …

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June 17, 2021: Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Announcement of Advance Child Tax Credits

Location:  Kuwait  Event:    On June 7, the IRS started sending letters to more than 36 million American families who may be eligible for the newly expanded Child Tax Credit for the 2021 tax year under the American Rescue Plan Act.      Letters list an estimate of monthly payments, with the first payment slated for July 15.  After that, taxpayers can expect payments …

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June 10, 2021: Health Alert – Optional COVID-19 Vaccination Registration with Ministry of Health

Location:  Kuwait Event:  Individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccination from a non-Kuwaiti government authority may register their vaccine record on the Ministry of Health website .  Registration enables the Public Health Department to validate vaccination records administered by non-Kuwaiti authorities. Vaccinated individuals with records approved by the Kuwaiti Public Health Department may then download the Immune (مناعة) App from …

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May 31, 2021: Message to U.S. Citizens – Return Travel on Recently Expired U.S. Passports

Return Travel on Recently Expired U.S. Passports Location:  Kuwait Event:  U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until …

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May 28, 2021: Message to U.S. Citizens – Special Elections in Texas (6th Congressional District) and Ohio (11th and 15th Congressional Districts)

Special Elections in Texas (6th Congressional District) and Ohio (11th and 15th Congressional Districts) Submit your absentee ballot now for these special elections for federal office. The following states have elections in the next 90 days: July 27, 2021: Texas Special Runoff Election in U.S. Congressional District 6** August 3, 2021: Ohio Special Primary Election in U.S. …

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May 26, 2021: Message to U.S. Citizens – Update on Third Round of Economic Impact Payments

Update on Third Round of Economic Impact Checks The U.S. Embassy has just begun receiving batches of the third round of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Economic Impact Payments (https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/third-economic-impact-payment). If you believe you are entitled to an economic payment and have not received a direct deposit and listed a local Kuwaiti address as your …

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May 07, 2021: Health Alert – Updated Entry and Exit Requirements

Location: Kuwait International Airport, and all Kuwaiti land and sea borders  Event: The Government of Kuwait has announced changes to entry and exit requirements.  Continuing requirements:   All arriving passengers must still follow prior guidance regarding pre-arrival PCR testing, health application registration, testing on-arrival, and quarantine requirements.  See our  COVID-19 page  for updated requirements.  The Kuwait government has extended the …

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May 05, 2021: Message to U.S. Citizens – Status of Economic Impact Payments (update)

Second Round of Economic Impact Payments The U.S. Embassy has already contacted all those whose second round Economic Impact Payment check arrived at the Embassy.  We have received no additional checks from this round.  If you have not been contacted, this means the Embassy did not receive your check.  Checks that have not been picked …

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April 28, 2021: Message to U.S. Citizens – Special Election in New Mexico

Submit your absentee ballot now in this special election for federal office. The State of New Mexico will conduct a special election on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 1st Congressional district, which includes all of Torrance and parts of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Valencia counties.  Voters can send their …

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April 21, 2021: Updated Travel Advisory (Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information)

Do not travel to Kuwait due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Kuwait due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – American Citizen Services Newsletter

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to present our March issue of the American Citizen Services (ACS) newsletter, The Diwaniya Digest. Articles in this issue include: A Message from Ambassador Romanowski Frequently Asked Questions from U.S. Citizens Avoiding Financial Scams Economic Impact Payments Upcoming Outreach Events Embassy Holiday Calendar You can download the newsletter by clicking  here (PDF …

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March 28, 2021: Message for U.S. Citizens – Special Elections in Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico

March 28, 2021  Submit your absentee ballot now in these special elections for federal office.  The following states have elections in the next 90 days:  April 24, 2021: Louisiana Run-Off Election in U.S. Congressional District 2*  May 1, 2021: Texas Special Election in U.S. Congressional District 6**  June 1, 2021: New Mexico Special Primary in U.S. Congressional District 1***  Service members, eligible family members, and overseas citizens …

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March 23, 2021: Health Alert – Curfew & Entry Restriction Changes on March 23

Location: Kuwait   Event: On March 22, the government of Kuwait announced changes to curfew restrictions and entry requirements.   Curfew Restrictions  Starting March 23, curfew will begin one hour later. Curfew will be in effect from 6:00 PM to 5:00 AM daily until April 8.  U.S. citizens should observe the restrictions announced by the Kuwaiti government …

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March 21, 2021: Message to U.S. Citizens – Status of Economic Impact Payments

March 21, 2021  Second Round of Economic Impact Payments  The U.S. Embassy has already contacted, or attempted to contact, all those whose second round Economic Impact Payment check arrived at the Embassy. If you have not been contacted, this likely means the Embassy did not receive your check. Though not anticipated, if we receive any more second …

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March 17, 2021: Message to U.S. Citizens – Second Round of Stimulus Checks, Updated Information on Economic Impact Payments

March 17, 2021 Second Round of Economic Impact Payments The U.S. Embassy just received a batch of the second round of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Economic Impact Payments. Today’s message supersedes our January 06 and  March 15 messages regarding Economic Impact Payments. If you believe you are entitled to an economic payment AND have not received a direct …

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March 15, 2021: Message for U.S. Citizens – Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan

March 15, 2021 U.S. citizens living in Kuwait may qualify for Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan .  The federal government strongly encourages federal benefit recipients to choose direct deposit.  If you have chosen direct deposit, payment will be automatically deposited into the same banking account used for your previous tax returns.  For more information on Direct Deposit see our December 21st message to U.S. citizens . …

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March 04, 2021: Message for U.S. Citizens – Special Election in Texas 6th Congressional District

March 04, 2021  Submit your absentee ballot now in this special election for federal office. The State of Texas will conduct a special election on Saturday, May 1, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 6th Congressional District.  Texas Congressional District 6 includes Ellis and Navarro counties and a portion of Tarrant County.    Service members, …

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February 21, 2021: Health Alert – Extended Airport Closure for non-Kuwaiti Citizens

Location: Kuwait International Airport, and all Kuwaiti land and sea borders   Event: The Government of Kuwait has announced an extension of the airport closure for non-Kuwaiti citizens.    This message supersedes the Embassy’s Health Alert issued on February 20.   On February 20, the Government of Kuwait announced that it is extending the ban on the entry of non-Kuwaiti …

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February 20, 2021: Health Alert – Announcement of New Quarantine Requirements

Location: Kuwait International Airport, and all Kuwaiti land and sea borders  Event: The Government of Kuwait has announced changes to the quarantine requirements for passengers arriving in Kuwait.   Continuing requirements:   All arriving passengers must still follow prior guidance regarding pre-arrival testing. Arriving passengers need to obtain and travel with a negative PCR test result, in English, administered …

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February 04, 2021: Health Alert – Partial Border Closure & COVID-19 Restrictions

Location: Kuwait International Airport, and all Kuwaiti land and sea borders  Event: The Government of Kuwait has announced additional COVID-19 related restrictions to begin on Sunday, February 7.   For a two-week period starting on February 7, non-Kuwaiti citizens will not be permitted to enter Kuwait. There may be exceptions available for first-degree relatives of Kuwaiti citizens and …

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January 24, 2021: Message for U.S. Citizens – Special Election in Louisiana’s 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts

The State of Louisiana will conduct two special primary elections on Tuesday, March 20, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts. Congressional District 2 includes nearly all of the city of New Orleans and stretches west and north to Baton Rouge. Congressional District 5 includes rural northeastern Louisiana and much of central …

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January 18, 2021: Health Alert – COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Travel to the United States Beginning January 26

Location: Worldwide: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event: Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the …

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January 12, 2021: Health Alert – Kuwait Announces New PCR Requirements (72 hours before travel)

Location: Kuwait International Airport, and all Kuwaiti land and sea borders Event: The Government of Kuwait has announced a change to entry requirements related to COVID-19. Beginning January 17, passengers to Kuwait will need to obtain and travel with a negative PCR test result, in English, administered by a health clinic within 72 hours of beginning their travel to …

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January 06, 2021: Message for U.S. Citizens – Receiving Your Second IRS Economic Impact Payment

January 06, 2021 U.S. citizens living in Kuwait may qualify for the second round of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Economic Impact Payment program.  In many cases, payment was automatically deposited directly into the same banking account used for your previous tax returns. If the IRS does not have your bank information, payments in the form of …

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December 22, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Special Qatar Airways Flight to Doha

December 22, 2020  Qatar Airways will operate one flight from Kuwait to Doha flying December 23 departing at 20:00. This flight can be booked through travel agents or direct through Qatar Airways.  There will also be a flight from Doha to Kuwait at 17:20 on December 23.  Please note that travelers must meet the existing requirements in order to enter Kuwait.  Please see a list of the Entry and …

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December 21, 2020: Health Alert – Airport and Border Closures, and Additional COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Health Alert – Airport and Border Closures, and Additional COVID-19 Testing Requirements Location: Kuwait International Airport, and all Kuwaiti land and sea borders Event: The Government of Kuwait has announced additional COVID-19 related restrictions beginning Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:00 PM and ending on 11:59 PM on Friday, January 1, 2021. During this period, …

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December 21, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens – Choose Direct Deposit for Faster Receipt of Federal Benefits 

Message for U.S. Citizens – Choose Direct Deposit for Faster Receipt of Federal Benefits  December 21, 2020  The federal government strongly encourages federal benefit recipients to choose direct deposit. Direct deposit is the safest, cheapest, and most reliable method of receiving your benefits.  The payment is electronically transmitted to your bank account and you have access to …

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December 2, 2020: Be Careful: Potential scam involving individuals purporting to represent the Embassy

The U.S. Embassy has been made aware of a potential scam involving individuals purporting to represent the Embassy by soliciting purchase orders for solar generators.  This appears to be an attempt to target businesses for payments of false contracts.  If your business receives a tender request from  the Tenders Department or Juliana Morgan or from any …

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November 17, 2020: Message for Georgia Voters: Register for the January 5, 2021 Runoff Election Now

The Consular Section will accept and mail ballots for voters registered in Georgia for the January 5, 2021 runoff election for two U.S. Senate seats.  Information regarding runoff elections, including information on how to register, can be found at FVAP.gov. The deadline to register for the U.S. Senate Special Runoff election is December 7. You …

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November 10, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder that Extension of Kuwait Visitor Visas Expires on November 30

November 10, 2020 The Government of Kuwait has not indicated that there will be another extension for visitor visas and residencies that were set to expire on or before August 31, 2020. This is a reminder that visitor visas and residencies have been extended only until November 30, 2020.  The Government of Kuwait has reiterated …

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October 12, 2020: Message to U.S. Citizens: Recommended Deadline (Wednesday, October 14) to Return Completed Ballots Approaching

October 12, 2020 There are less than 25 days left until the General Election on November 3! Already received your requested ballot? If you are mailing your completed, signed ballot to your U.S. election official, you may drop it off at the Embassy between 1:00pm to 2:30pm Sunday through Wednesday.  We will mail it for …

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September 30, 2020: Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure due to Passing of Amir

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait was closed on Wednesday, September 30 and will be closed on Thursday October 1, 2020 for routine consular services due to the passing of Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.  The Consular Section will reopen for normal operations on Sunday, October 4, 2020.  For life and death …

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September 24, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 27 – October 4

September 24, 2020 There are 40 days left until the General Election on November 3!  Be an active voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week. In some states, voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 2020 are as early as October …

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September 20, 2020: Kuwait Travel Advisory Update

Kuwait – Level 3: Reconsider Travel Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Kuwait due to COVID-19. Kuwait has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations) and business operations (including schools).  Other improved conditions have been reported within Kuwait. Visit the Embassy’s …

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August 26, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Kuwait Tourist Visas and Residencies Extended through November 30

August 26, 2020 The Kuwait Ministry of Interior has automatically extended all tourist visas and residencies until November 30, 2020.  This extension applies to individuals in Kuwait whose visitor visas and residencies were set to expire on or before August 31, 2020.  No action nor payment is necessary for the extension to be applied. U.S. …

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August 26, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: No Extension for Kuwait Tourist Visas

August 23, 2020 As a reminder, tourist visas of foreign nationals were automatically extended through August 31, 2020.  There is currently no mechanism in place to extend their validity beyond that date.  The Embassy is aware of this issue and is engaging the Kuwaiti government. Individuals who are in Kuwait on a tourist visa will face penalties …

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August 9, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Register to Vote in the U.S. Elections; Resumption of Ballot Collection

August 9, 2020 There are only 86 days left until the November 3 General Election!  If you have not already done so, request your ballot by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) today. The Embassy is now able to accept ballots if your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail.  …

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August 7, 2020: Updated Travel Advisory for Kuwait

In coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) removal of their Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice (Avoid Non-Essential Travel), the Department of State has removed its Global Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel).  A country-specific Level 3 Travel Advisory (Reconsider Travel) remains in place for Kuwait.  The CDC has also issued a Level …

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July 29, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: No Visas Upon Arrival for U.S. Citizens Arriving in Kuwait

July 29, 2020 Kuwait International Airport will resume inbound and outbound commercial flights on August 1.  However, visas will not be issued upon arrival at the airport as of 3:00pm local time on July 29.  Visas are also not available electronically in advance, as they have been in the past.  It is our understanding that …

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July 27, 2020: Health Alert – Phase Three Begins Tomorrow; Reduced Nationwide Partial Curfew; Last Neighborhood Lockdown Lifted

Location: Kuwait  Event: Effective tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28, the Government of Kuwait will transition from Phase Two to Phase Three of its five-phased reopening plan. During Phase Three, a 6-hour curfew is in effect from 9:00pm until 3:00am.  While each phase is expected to last for three weeks, the Government of Kuwait has indicated that …

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July 6, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Guidelines for Departing and Arriving Passengers

July 6, 2020 Kuwait International Airport plans to resume inbound and outbound commercial flights at 30 percent capacity on August 1.  Please read the guidelines below for departing and arriving passengers starting on August 1.  At this time, the Embassy is unaware of further details, including whether U.S. citizen residents and visitors will be able …

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6/30/20: Message for U.S. Citizens: Qatar Airways Flights to United States Continue through July 31; Resumption of Commercial Flights from August 1

June 30, 2020 Qatar Airways will continue to operate outbound flights from Kuwait to Doha with connections to several U.S. cities through July 31.  Currently, U.S. destinations include Chicago, Dallas, New York, Washington, DC, Boston, and Los Angeles.  For the most updated information and reservations, please visit  qatarairways.com. Passengers driving directly to the airport to depart …

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June 28, 2020: Health Alert – Phase Two Begins on Tuesday, June 30; Reduced Nationwide Partial Curfew

 Location: Kuwait  Event: Effective Tuesday, June 30, the Government of Kuwait will transition from Phase One to Phase Two of Kuwait’s five-phased reopening plan. During Phase Two, a 9-hour curfew is in effect from 8:00pm until 5:00am.  While each phase is expected to last for three weeks, the Government of Kuwait has indicated that phases …

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June 17, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Resumption of Limited Consular Services

June 17, 2020 As global conditions evolve and U.S. states begin to reopen, the Department of State has resumed passport operations in phases.  For more information on updated passport operations in the United States, please click here . The processing and shipping of new, full-validity passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) have resumed on a limited …

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June 15, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Economic Impact Payment Form

June 15, 2020 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has taken steps to help American taxpayers during the global COVID-19 pandemic.  U.S. citizens living in Kuwait may qualify for the Economic Impact Payment program. As a reminder, if you believe you are entitled to an economic payment AND have not received a direct deposit AND you listed a local Kuwaiti …

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June 7, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Qatar Airways to Resume Kuwait – New York Service on June 18

Message for U.S. Citizens: Qatar Airways to Resume Kuwait – New York Service on June 18 June 7, 2020 Starting June 18, Qatar Airways will resume operating flights from Kuwait to New York City (JFK International Airport) via Doha.  This is in addition to the current flight routes to Dallas (Fort Worth International Airport) and …

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June 2, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Online Appointments Available for Passport and Notarial Services

June 2, 2020 Due to COVID-19, the State Department’s passport processing centers have been closed since April. As such, the processing and shipping of new, full-validity passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) have been suspended worldwide until further notice. The Embassy understands the challenges this has posed for individuals who need a new, …

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May 31, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Kuwait Tourist Visas and Residencies Extended Through August 31

May 31, 2020 The Kuwait Ministry of Interior has automatically extended all tourist visas and residencies until August 31, 2020.  This extension is in addition to the extension that was granted to individuals in Kuwait whose visitor visas expired between March 1 and May 30.  No action nor payment is necessary for the extension to …

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May 27, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Qatar Airways Continues to Operate Flights to United States through June 30

May 27, 2020 Qatar Airways will continue to operate outbound flights from Kuwait to Doha with connections to select U.S. cities through June 30.  For the most updated information and reservations, please visit  qatarairways.com. All other flight announcements will be sent to  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  registrants, posted on the  Embassy website , and amplified by the Embassy’s social media platforms. Reminder: …

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May 9, 2020: Health Alert – Comprehensive Curfew Begins on Sunday, May 10

Location: Kuwait Event: On May 8, the government of Kuwait announced it will impose a comprehensive 24-hour curfew starting at 4:00pm on Sunday, May 10 until May 30.  U.S. citizens should observe the restrictions announced by the Kuwaiti government during this 20-day curfew period. During this time, home delivery services will be suspended except for …

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May 4, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Suspension of Routine Passport Services

May 4, 2020 As a reminder, the processing and shipping of new, full-validity passports have been suspended worldwide until further notice.  As such, Embassy Kuwait does not have any passport appointments available online.  We will send a message to all STEP registrants and update our website once we begin to process passport applications as soon …

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May 3, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

May 3, 2020 The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19.  It is critical to emphasize that maintaining social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing a cloth face covering in areas where social …

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April 30, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting from Kuwait during COVID-19

April 30, 2020 As a result of COVID-19, many changes are occurring in the election community.  The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is working closely with partners at state and local election offices to provide assistance for voters experiencing international mail disruptions, shifting election dates, and other potential effects on the 2020 election cycle related …

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April 29, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Gulf Air to Begin Flights to London on May 12

April 29, 2020 Gulf Air will operate multiple flights from Kuwait to London (Heathrow Airport) via Bahrain starting on May 12.  The cost of a one-way ticket starts at KD 86.150. Only one-way tickets are available.  Heathrow Airport is currently operational with onward flight connections to multiple U.S. destinations.  Passengers will be responsible for all …

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April 28, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Deadline to Express Interest in Possible Kuwait Airways Flight to New York City

April 28, 2020 As a reminder, Kuwait Airways is gauging interest in a commercial flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents later this week to New York City (JFK International Airport).  The cost of the flight will be similar to the previous Kuwait Airways flight to the United States, which was approximately KD …

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April 27, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Kuwait Airways Flight to New York City Later this Week

April 27, 2020 Kuwait Airways is gauging interest in a commercial flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents later this week to New York City (JFK International Airport).  The cost of the flight will be similar to the previous Kuwait Airways flight to the United States, which was approximately KD 300 per ticket.  …

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April 26, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Amnesty for U.S. Citizen Residency Violators Begins This Week

April 26, 2020 As a reminder, Ministerial Decision 288 gives foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, who do not have a residence permit or whose residency expired on or before March 1, 2020 the option to depart Kuwait before April 30, 2020 without paying overstay fines.  This amnesty offer for residency violators also includes a flight …

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April 23, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Special Kuwait Airways Flight to Paris on Saturday

April 23, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has been informed that Kuwait Airways will operate a special flight from Kuwait to Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport) on Saturday, April 25. The cost of a one-way ticket starts at KD 245.750. Charles de Gaulle Airport is currently operational with onward flights to multiple U.S. and European destinations …

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April 22, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Qatar Airways Flight Schedule Based on Passenger Demand

April 22, 2020 As a reminder, Qatar Airways continues to offer regular, one-way flights from Kuwait to Doha with connections to select U.S. cities: Dallas (Fort Worth International Airport), Chicago (O’Hare International Airport), and Washington, DC (Dulles International Airport).  Passengers will be responsible for all costs and onward travel arrangements from the above cities (lodging, …

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April 21, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Extended Government Closure and Curfew Hours During Ramadan

April 21, 2020 On April 20, the Government of Kuwait extended the government closure, which includes all non-emergency government offices, at least through Thursday, May 28, unless otherwise notified. During the month of Ramadan, the nationwide curfew hours will be extended from 4:00pm until 8:00am.  These extended hours are set to begin on Friday, April …

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April 20, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Qatar Airways Flight Schedule; Special Kuwait Airways flights to London Tomorrow

April 20, 2020 Kuwait International Airport has re-opened to allow airlines to operate outbound flights only.  If interested in returning to the United States, please see current flight options from Kuwait below.  Please be aware that only one-way tickets are available. All passengers, including minors, are required to wear a mask and gloves upon arrival …

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April 19, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Information on the IRS Economic Impact Payment

April 19, 2020 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is taking steps to help American taxpayers during the global COVID-19 pandemic.  U.S. citizens living in Kuwait may qualify for the Economic Impact Payment program.  Please visit the IRS  Economic Impact Payments website for updated information regarding these payments and other tax information.  The U.S. Embassy cannot answer tax or impact …

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April 16, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Kuwait Tourist Visas and Residencies Extended Until May 31

April 16, 2020 The Kuwait Ministry of Interior has automatically extended all tourist visas and residencies until May 31, 2020.  This extension applies to individuals in Kuwait whose visitor visa expired or will expire between March 1 and May 30.  No action needs to be taken for the extension to be applied.  For more information, …

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April 15, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Lufthansa Flight to Newark and Chicago Confirmed; Qatar Airways Begins Daily Flights

April 15, 2020 Kuwait International Airport has re-opened to allow airlines to operate outbound flights only.  U.S. citizens intending to return to the United States are encouraged to take advantage of the current flight options available below or be prepared to remain in Kuwait for an indefinite period of time until the airport fully reopens …

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April 14, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Kuwait International Airport Reopens for Outbound Flights Only

April 14, 2020 Kuwait International Airport has re-opened to allow airlines to operate outbound flights only.  U.S. citizens intending to return to the United States are encouraged to take advantage of the current flight options available below or be prepared to remain in Kuwait for an indefinite period of time until the airport reopens to …

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April 13, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Seats Still Available on Flights Departing Kuwait this Week

April 13, 2020 The government of Kuwait has announced that airlines are now able to only operate outbound flights from Kuwait International Airport.  U.S. citizens intending to return to the United States are encouraged to take advantage of the current flight options available below or be prepared to stay in Kuwait for an indefinite period …

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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last Updated:  06/15/2021 ***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 …

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April 10, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Food and Basic Necessities Available for Residents in Neighborhoods Under Lockdown

April 10, 2020:  Message for U.S. Citizens: Food and Basic Necessities Available for Residents in Neighborhoods Under Lockdown April 10, 2020 The government of Kuwait has imposed a complete, two-week lockdown on the areas of Mahboula and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh since April 6. The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait has been informed of food, water, and basic necessities being …

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April 10, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Space Remains Available on April 14 Qatar Airways Flight to Dallas

April 10, 2020:  Message for U.S. Citizens: Space Remains Available on April 14 Qatar Airways Flight to Dallas April 10, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has been informed of that seats for U.S. citizens are still available on the commercial Qatar Airways flight departing Kuwait International Airport on Tuesday, April 14 at 3:00pm to Dallas, Texas (DFW International …

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April 10, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Commercial Flights Departing Kuwait to Frankfurt and United States Next Week

April 10, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Commercial Flights Departing Kuwait to Frankfurt and United States Next Week April 10, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has been informed of two commercial flights departing Kuwait next week: Jazeera Airways flight to Frankfurt: April 15 A Jazeera Airways flight with limited seat availability for U.S. citizens will be …

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April 9, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Second Jazeera Airways Flight from Kuwait to Frankfurt Under Consideration

April 9, 2020 Thank you to those who expressed interest in the April 10 Jazeera Airways flight from Kuwait to Frankfurt.  We apologize if you were not able to purchase a ticket given the limited seat availability. The Embassy is gauging interest in a second Jazeera Airways flight for U.S. citizens departing Kuwait within the …

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April 8, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Commercial Flight Departing Kuwait to Dallas, TX on Tuesday, April 14

April 8, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has been informed of a commercial Qatar Airways flight that has limited seat availability for U.S. citizens departing Kuwait International Airport on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 3:00pm to Dallas, Texas (DFW International Airport) with an overnight stop in Doha. The cost of a one-way economy class ticket from …

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April 8, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Charter Flight Departing Kuwait to Frankfurt on Friday, April 10

April 8, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has been informed of a charter Jazeera Airways flight that has limited seat availability for U.S. citizens departing Kuwait International Airport this Friday, April 10, 2020 at 9:15am to Frankfurt, Germany (Frankfurt Airport). The arrival time in Frankfurt will be 2:00pm.  The cost of a one-way ticket from Kuwait …

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April 6, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Deadline to Express Interest in Possible Qatar Airways Flight to Washington, DC and/or Dallas, TX

April 6, 2020 The Embassy has been informed that Qatar Airways is considering a commercial flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents departing Kuwait International Airport within the next two weeks to Washington, DC (Dulles International Airport) and/or Dallas, TX (DFW International Airport), with an overnight stop in Doha. Thank you to those who …

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April 5, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Qatar Airways Flight from Kuwait to Washington, DC and/or Dallas, TX

April 5, 2020 The Embassy has been informed that Qatar Airways is considering a commercial flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents departing Kuwait International Airport within the next two weeks to Washington, DC (Dulles International Airport) and/or Dallas, TX (DFW International Airport), with an overnight stop in Doha. We do not yet know …

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April 1, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Monitoring Official Media for Kuwait’s Current Curfew Restrictions

April 1, 2020 The Government of Kuwait’s curfew from 5:00pm to 4:00am remains in place until further notice. People who are found in violation of the curfew order will be imprisoned for up to three years and fined 10,000 KD. Foreign nationals found in violation of the curfew order also risk deportation. Please continue to …

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March 31, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Kuwait Ministerial Decision 288 Regarding Foreign Nationals in Kuwait Without Residence Permits

March 31, 2020 The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait is aware of Ministerial Decision 288 dated March 26, 2020 that gives the option to foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, who do not have a residence permit or whose residency has expired, to depart Kuwait between April 1 and April 30, 2020 without paying a fine.  The Embassy is aware …

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March 30, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Ambassador Alina L. Romanowski: Together, We Will Defeat COVID-19

The entire video can be found at https://kw.usembassy.gov/ — Hello everyone. I am Alina L. Romanowski, the United States Ambassador to Kuwait. I want American citizens in Kuwait and the general public to know how the U.S. government and the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait are responding to the outbreak of COVID-19. I commend the Kuwaiti government …

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March 29, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Information on Possible Flights to the United States

March 29, 2020 A commercial Kuwait Airways flight for U.S. citizens departed Kuwait International Airport on Friday, March 27, 2020 to New York City (JFK International Airport). The Embassy is working with airlines to potentially arrange additional flights to the United States. Announcements about possible flights will be sent to all STEP registrants, posted on …

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March 25, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Special Commercial Flight Leaving Kuwait on Friday, March 27

The U.S. Embassy has been informed of a commercial Kuwait Airways flight for U.S. citizens departing Kuwait International Airport on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10:00am to New York City (JFK International Airport). The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait is working with airlines to potentially arrange additional flights to the United States, but this is currently …

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March 23, 2020: Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location:  Kuwait Event:   On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Health Advisory – Level 4 advising U.S. citizens, including those who live abroad, to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. The Government of Kuwait has reported more than 185 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  …

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March 18, 2020: Coronavirus: U.S. in Action

By Dave Reynolds – Mar 10, 2020 The U.S. has deployed a “whole-of-America approach” to protect citizens against the coronavirus, with federal, state and local governments, as well as private businesses, banding together to fight the disease, Vice President Pence said. President Trump on March 6 signed into law  $8.3 billion in federal funding  to bolster federal and state governments’ collaborative approach …

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March 16, 2020: Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location:  Kuwait Event: The government of Kuwait has reported more than 110 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Kuwait International Airport has been closed since 11:59pm on March 13 until further notice to all commercial flights except for arriving Kuwaiti citizens and their immediate family members who are traveling with them.  Cargo air traffic will continue …

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March 13, 2020: Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location:  Kuwait Event:  The Government of Kuwait (GOK) has reported more than seventy confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  The Kuwait International Airport will close beginning at 11:59PM Friday, March 13 until further notice to all commercial flights except for arriving Kuwaiti citizens and their immediate family members who are traveling with them.  Cargo air …

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February 5, 2020: Novel Coronavirus Health Message – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.  No cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus have been identified in Kuwait as of February 5.  The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait will continue to monitor the situation in Kuwait closely. The  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) …

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2/5/20: Health Alert – Suspension Of Entry Into The United States Of Foreign Nationals Who Pose A Risk Of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation.  If you reside in China, have traveled to China recently, or intend to travel to China …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait (January 3, 2020) 

Location: Kuwait, countrywide Event: Heightened Tensions in the Region The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait is aware of heightened security tensions in the region.  Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy is increasing its security posture. The Embassy will remain open during regular business hours for visa and American Citizen Services appointments, including passport issuance. …

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December 16, 2019: Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

December 16, 2019 Location: Kuwait City, Fahaheel and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh areas Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait advises U.S. citizens to take care when approached by persons claiming to be police officers. Two recent incidents have been reported to the Embassy’s Regional Security Office. In one incident, an individual walking was stopped and robbed by …

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November 6, 2019: Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location: Kuwait City, downtown, Al-Erada Square Event: Demonstration expected to take place on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00PM at Al-Erada Square (across from the Kuwait National Assembly).  An estimated 200 people are expected at this Ministry of Interior-authorized demonstration. Traffic flow will likely be affected in and around the demonstration area, and police/security force presence …

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May 27, 2019: Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Tax Webinar Series

U.S. Embassy Kuwait Monday, May 27, 2019 In June 2019, the IRS will be hosting a series of webinars to assist U.S. taxpayers living abroad with their tax filing requirements. Details for the upcoming webinars can be found by accessing the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/webinars-for-tax-practitioners Of particular interest to U.S. taxpayers in Kuwait may be a webinar …

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April 29, 2019: Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Information for U.S. citizens during the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan

U.S. Embassy Kuwait Sunday, April 28, 2019 The beginning and end of the month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, are based on actual sightings of the new moon, likely from about May 6 to June 4.  The official start and end of the month will be announced by newspaper, television, and …

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April 23, 2019: Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder about New Residency and Civil ID Requirements

U.S. Embassy Kuwait Monday, April 22, 2019 U.S. citizens who have a valid residence permit sticker in their passports should continue to enter and exit Kuwait using only the passport and residence permit. You are not required to obtain a new Kuwait Civil ID until your current residence permit expires. When applying as a first-time …

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March 7, 2019: Message for U.S. Citizens: Cessation of Issuance of Residence Permit Stickers

Starting March 10, 2019, Kuwaiti authorities will no longer issue residence permit stickers in passports for new and current residents of Kuwait. When applying for a new or renewal residence, Kuwaiti authorities will issue residents a newly-formatted civil identification card to replace the function of the residence permit sticker. After receiving a new civil identification …

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February 19, 2019: Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location: Kuwait, countrywide  Event: Kuwait National and Liberation Days – February 25 & 26 The Kuwait National and Liberation Day holidays will be Monday, February 25, and Tuesday, February 26. U.S. citizens should expect festive celebrations, large crowds, and heavy traffic congestion in downtown and waterfront areas. There will be particularly heavy vehicular congestion and …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait, November 15, 2018

Location: Kuwait City Event: Rains are expected to cause flooding in parts of Kuwait.  Please monitor the Ministry of Interior’s website and KUNA ( kuna.net.kw ) for updated information on flooded areas and road closures as they are announced. Routine consular services will be suspended for Thursday, November 15th.  Emergency services for U.S. citizens are available via our contact …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait, November 14, 2018

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait, November 14, 2018 Location: Kuwait City Event: Rains are expected to cause flooding in parts of Kuwait.  Please monitor the Ministry of Interior’s website and KUNA ( kuna.net.kw ) for updated information on flooded areas and road closures as they are announced. Routine consular services are cancelled for this afternoon.  Emergency services for U.S. …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location: Highways, Capital area, Hawally, Al-Farwaniya, East Ahmadi, Kuwait City Event: Rains have caused heavy and widespread flooding in several parts of Kuwait. The Ministry of Interior issued a statement warning people to stay off flooded roads and to avoid traveling in or to flooded areas except in emergencies due to the extreme weather and …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

U.S. Embassy Kuwait January 7, 2018 On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.   U.S. Embassy Kuwait reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder for U.S. Citizens

Friday, October 27, 2017 As noted in our  Worldwide Caution , terrorist groups remain intent on targeting U.S. citizens, our allies, and our interests.  The U.S. Government remains highly concerned about possible attacks against U.S. citizens, government facilities, businesses, places of worship, and perceived U.S. and Western interests in the region and worldwide. While we are not …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update to Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated March …

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SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS: Personal Security for U.S. citizens during the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan

As noted in our Worldwide Caution , terrorist groups remain intent on targeting U.S. citizens, our allies, and our interests.  Terrorist groups have launched attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in the past.  The U.S. government remains highly concerned about possible attacks against U.S. citizens, facilities, businesses, places of worship, and perceived U.S. and western …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstration

U.S. Embassy Kuwait Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Demonstration 20-APRIL-2017 The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait informs U.S. citizens that localized demonstrations are expected to take place in the Al-Andalous area in the Farwaniya Governorate beginning Friday morning on April 21, 2017.  These localized demonstrations may produce crowds. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Aviation Security Enhancement

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in consultation with relevant Departments and Agencies, has determined it is prudent to enhance security, to include airport security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States.  These enhancements include more stringent measures applied to 10 specific airports, to include Kuwait International Airport. The …

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Worldwide Caution – Security Notice for U.S. Citizens 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September …

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