COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last Updated:  11/09/2021

*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 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information.

**Effective October 25, the CDC lowered the Travel Health Notice for Kuwait from a Level 3: High to a Level 1: Low, designating that “fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19.”

***Effective November 8, adult noncitizen nonimmigrants traveling to the United States by air must demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 per the Presidential Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The CDC’s website  explains that, for purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines.

The CDC and the interagency are working to develop the orders and guidance documents to implement this new travel policy and those details–for the airlines, for airline passengers, and for people coming to the land border–will be available well in advance of November 8 to understand what is required to be in compliance.  Further information is currently available on travel.state.gov.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Government of Kuwait has reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • Effective October 24, airport operations resume at full capacity and the government will issue all types of visas for fully vaccinated arriving passengers.  The mechanism on entering Kuwait on a visit visa and detailed guidance on the requirements will be provided by local authorities in due course.
  • Full vaccination includes two doses of the Pfizer, Oxford Astra Zeneca, or Moderna vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Unvaccinated children below 16 can enter with eligible parent(s). The Government of Kuwait stated that unvaccinated non-Kuwaiti residents over the age of 16 may not travel to Kuwait.
  • Current guidance from the Kuwaiti government indicates that individuals traveling to Kuwait who received a COVID-19 vaccination from a non-Kuwaiti government authority must register their vaccine record on the Ministry of Health website for record validation.  Vaccinated individuals with records approved by the Kuwaiti Public Health Department may then download the Kuwait Mobile ID or Immune App to access their vaccination details.  Proof of vaccination status can only be established via the Immune or Mobile ID apps.  The Embassy is not aware of additional guidance on acceptable alternatives for proof of vaccination status.
  • The airport is open for departures for all citizens provided proof of vaccination as required, if at all, by the airline, transit locations, and/or destination.
  • Arriving passengers must also register with the Shlonik application prior to boarding the aircraft.
  • Arriving travelers may undergo a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival to Kuwait.
  • Commercial businesses are now open at full capacity operating at normal business hours.
  • Restaurants and cafes have re-opened for in-person dining, with adherence to health regulations.  Individuals seeking entry into these spaces may be asked to present the Kuwait Mobile ID or Immune applications as proof of vaccination or COVID-19 recovery.
  • Unvaccinated persons may only enter pharmacies, cooperatives, and grocery stores.
  • All forms of gatherings are now permitted for vaccinated persons, including weddings, conferences, or other social events.
  • The use of face masks is still mandatory in indoor spaces
  • The Government of Kuwait does not allow the repatriation of remains of foreign nationals who die of COVID-19.  Instead, foreign nationals will be buried here in Kuwait.  For more information, see here.

Note: The information on this page reflects the U.S. Embassy’s understanding of the rules currently in place.  The Kuwaiti authorities are responsible for setting and enforcing entry rules.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Kuwait? Yes.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours?  Yes.
    • PCR tests are widely and readily available.  There are no antigen tests available.  Labs will generally return PCR test results in 24 hours or less.   Method of result notification varies by laboratory but is generally via text message or email.
    • If you have a medical emergency and are experiencing non-COVID symptoms, please call 112.  Please call the Ministry of Health at 151 or 2497-0967 if you are experiencing a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
    • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review this page.
    • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To submit information in support of an exemption, email KuwaitACS@state.gov.
    • U.S. citizens may obtain a COVID-19 PCR test from the below facilities (there are additional charges for home testing and expedited results):
      • Central United Medical Laboratory
        • Location: Shaab Albahri, Block 8, Alkindi Street
        • Contact: +965 2225 2255
        • Website: http://www.unitedlabs.com.kw
        • Price: 11.500 KD
        • Special Instructions: Results can be released within 6 hours.
      • Dar Al Shifa Hospital
        • Location: Hawally – Beirut Street, Opposite to Hawally’s Fire Station
        • Contact: +965-1 802-555
        • Price: 10 KD
        • Special Instructions: Results can be released within 8-12 hours.  Drive-up testing is located in their parking structure. No appointment needed, but patients need to go first thing at 7:30am.
      • Global Med (Branch at Jabriya is at the Mazaya Clinic)
        • Locations: Bneid Al Gar / Jabriya
        • Contact: +965-2531-3081, gmcvl.com
        • Price: 17 KD at Jabriya / 20 KD at Bneid Al Gar
        • Special Instructions: Results are within 2-3 days. Results can be rushed. Appointment is required and testing is only at the Jabriya Center clinic location.
      • I’m Negative
        • Location: 9 branches
        • Contact: +965-180-0280 (Home Service: +965-9736-3624)
        • Price: 14 KD regular (promo for Jazeera Airways – 7 KD; promo for Saudi Airways/Fly Dubai/KLM/British Airways/Air France/Emirates – 10 KD)
        • Special instructions: Appointment required. Results within 4-8 hours.  Drive-thru services are also offered.
      • Mazaya Clinic
        • Locations: Bneid Al Gar / Jabriya / Hawally
        • Contact: +965 2227 3333
        • Website: https://covid19.mazayaclinics.com
        • Price: 14 KD
        • Results can be released within 6-9 hours
        • Special instructions:  24-hour drive through in Jabriya and Hawally branches.

Note: The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability, or reputation of, or quality of services provided by the above hospitals or clinics.  Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department of State or the Embassy.  Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance.  Prices may also vary.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Kuwait approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Kuwait for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes.
  • Which vaccines are available in Kuwait?  Pfizer and AstraZeneca are offered in Kuwait.  The Ministry of Health also recognizes Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
  • The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health webpage allows residents of Kuwait, including U.S. citizen residents, to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by clicking on “COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration.”
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes
    • Effective October 24, the airport is operating at full capacity and the government is issuing all types of visas.  The local authorities are working on a mechanism for issuing visit visas on arrival and will communicate further guidance in due course.
    • All passengers who are permitted to arrive in Kuwait must register with the Shlonik application prior to travel.  Travelers must prove vaccination status with the Immune or Mobile ID applications.
    • Currently, there is no guidance from the Kuwaiti government regarding when and how visas on arrival will resume.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry?  Yes.
    • In addition to being fully vaccinated, arriving passengers in Kuwait 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 Kuwait.  Children under the age of six (6) do not require a PCR test prior to arrival.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes.
    • It is mandatory to travel with a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Kuwait.
    • Unvaccinated individuals and those who are vaccinated yet reflecting a red status on their Immune app will still need to quarantine for 14 days.
    • Land and sea borders are open from 9 AM to 3 PM daily for fully vaccinated travelers.
    • The Ministry of Interior has announced that residents with Article 22 (dependent) and Article 24 (self-employed) permits can renew their resident permits online.
    • Those seeking to depart Kuwait must pay any immigration fines at Residency Affairs to obtain an exit letter.  Individuals who did not amend their legal status before May 15 may be deported and banned from entering Kuwait in the future.
    • The Government of Kuwait has extended the amount of time foreign nationals with valid Kuwaiti residencies can remain outside of Kuwait to one year.
    • As of October 4, 2021, the Government of Kuwait has resumed commercial air travel for U.S. service-members and DoD civilians utilizing CAC/military orders/vaccination cards.  All members will still be subject to providing (negative) PCR test results within 72 hours before departing or entering Kuwait.  U.S personnel should review the Foreign Clearance Guide for additional details.
    • Department of Defense contractors without valid visas or residencies are currently not authorized to enter Kuwait.  This restriction is in place until further notice, per the Foreign Clearance Guide.
    • Masks must still be worn indoors, including at the airport.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place?  No.

 Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
    • It is mandatory to travel with a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Kuwait. Children under the age of six (6) are exempt from PCR tests for air travel to Kuwait but will still need to quarantine.

 Transportation Options:

  • The Kuwait Directorate General of Civil Aviation provides updates on COVID-19 related flight restrictions in Arabic and English on its Twitter feed.
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes.

 Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • The use of face masks is mandatory only in indoor spaces.

 Consular Operations:

  • Unless otherwise announced, the Consular Section is open 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.  To reach the after-hours duty officer, call the main Embassy line at 2259-1001.
  • Appointments for routine American Citizen Services, including notarials, passports, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) are available on our website.
  • The United States Embassy in Kuwait has resumed certain visa services including student and emergency medical visas, as well as immigrant visas.

 Local Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Do I need to obtain a PCR health certificate if I am departing Kuwait?

Passengers departing Kuwait must obtain a health certificate issued either by a medical lab approved by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health or at the airport medical laboratory if the destination and/or airline they are departing to requires a COVID-19 test.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions regarding entry to the United States.  Note that effective November 8, a global vaccination requirement for adult noncitizen nonimmigrants traveling to the United States by air will take effect as per a Presidential Proclamation.  Please check with your airline and any transit destinations for any additional specific PCR requirements. Travelers can review the CDC guidance on travel after vaccination here.