COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last Updated:  04/13/2021

***  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 and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Government of Kuwait has reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • The Government of Kuwait has extended the ban on entry for non-Kuwaiti citizens until further notice. There are exceptions available for first-degree relatives of Kuwaiti citizens and domestic employees traveling with them. Details can be found at corona.e.gov.kw/en
  • Passengers who are permitted to arrive in Kuwait receive a PCR test for COVID-19 administered by Kuwait health officials upon arrival and another test while in quarantine.  It is also mandatory to travel with a negative PCR test result administered within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Kuwait.  See below for quarantine requirements and details regarding the PCR tests.
  • From April 8 to April 22, curfew is in effect from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM daily.  No announcement has been made for after April 22.
  • Those seeking emergency medical treatment during curfew should call 112. Curfew passes for medical appointments during curfew hours can be requested at https://curfew.paci.gov.kw/request/create.  Grocery shopping appointments can be requested at www.moci.shop. Confirmation of the appointment must be presented to authorities upon entering and leaving the market. Until April 22, grocery appointments are available 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM (midnight) with delivery available 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM.
  • Passengers departing Kuwait who need to reach the airport during curfew hours should be prepared to travel directly from their homes to the airport, carrying their passport and flight confirmation to show at potential checkpoints.
  • Government offices and private businesses, banking, financial, and construction sectors, retail stores, shopping malls, health clubs, salons, barber shops, spas, restaurant takeout and delivery services, hotels, and tailors are open 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM with physical distancing measures and reduced staffing (government offices at 30% and private businesses at 50%). Effective February 24, dine-in at restaurants is not permitted until further notice.
  • All commercial businesses are closed from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM daily, with the exception of pharmacies, co-ops, and grocery stores, which can operate via delivery service. Restaurants can deliver from 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM.
  • Public seating areas are closed and public parks and outdoor spaces are open only for walking.  Walking outside in one’s neighborhood is permitted from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  
  • Public schools, universities, and colleges are planning for continued virtual learning.  Many types of social gatherings, including weddings, receptions, desert camping, and public and private diwaniyas, are banned.
  • 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.

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, though some may take up to 48 hours. The tests range from approximately 25-40 KD (82-132 USD).  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 the following page:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.
    • 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:
      • Al Razi Laboratory Al Shaab
        • Location: Second Floor, Block 8, Modh Darweesh Al Arada Street, Opposite to Fatma Complex
        • Contact: WhatsApp +965 69903255, for results 60992046 / 69677142, for Customer Service: 69006685
        • Price: 40KD
        • Special Instructions: none
      • Dar Al Shifa Hospital
        • Location: Hawally – Beirut Street, Opposite to Hawally’s Fire Station
        • Contact: +965 1 802 555
        • Price: 25KD
        • Special Instructions: Drive-up testing is located in their parking structure. No appointment needed, but early arrival at 7:30am is recommended.
      • Dhaman Centre
      • Global Med
        • Contact: +96525313081, http://www.globalmed-clinic.com/
        • Price: 27KD
        • Special Instructions: Results within 2-3 days. Appointment is required and testing at Jabriya Center clinic location.
      • Mazaya Clinic
        • Location: Off of Fourth Ring Road / 3rd floor
        • Contact: www.gmcvl.com
        • Price: 27 KD
        • Special instructions: Results within 2-3 days.  Patient must return for hard copy of results
      • New Mowasat Hospital
        • Location:
        • Contact: +96523711707
        • Price: 40KD
        • Special Instructions: Available in the emergency department 24 hours (no appointment needed).  Results within 48 hours.  Patients may call to book for traveling needs and/or swab at home.

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.

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, AstraZeneca.
  • The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health webpage (https://www.moh.gov.kw) allows residents of Kuwait, including U.S. citizen residents, to pre-register for 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? No (see below for exceptions).
    • Until further notice, non-Kuwaiti citizens are not permitted to enter Kuwait. There are exceptions available for first-degree relatives of Kuwaiti citizens and domestic employees traveling with them. Details can be found at corona.e.gov.kw/en
    • All passengers permitted to arrive in Kuwait must register with the Kuwait Mosafer platform and the Shlonik application prior to travel.
    • U.S. citizens who are permitted to enter Kuwait based on the above excepted categories may only do so only if in possession of a valid visa or residency.
    • Visitor visas are not being issued upon arrival at the airport.  Visas are not available electronically in advance.
    • U.S. citizens without valid visas wishing to visit Kuwait will need to request visas or other approval in advance of travel from a Kuwaiti embassy or consulate.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry? Yes.
    • 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. Passengers should check Kuwait Mosafer to find accredited PCR labs in their city.  If there is no accredited laboratory in the departure city, the PCR test certificate can be obtained from any laboratory until accredited laboratories are available on Kuwait Mosafer for that location. No translation into Arabic language is required.  Children under the age of six (6) do not require a PCR test prior to arrival. Payment for the test is generally made in Kuwait Mosafer at the time of registration, at the passenger’s expense.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
    • Arriving passengers must register with the Kuwait Mosafer platform and the Shlonik application prior to boarding the aircraft.
    • All incoming travelers to Kuwait International Airport receive a PCR test administered by Kuwait health officials upon arrival (at the traveler’s expense).  Children under the age of six (6) do not receive this PCR test.  It is also mandatory to travel with a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Kuwait.  Passengers should check Kuwait Mosafer to find accredited PCR labs in their city.  If there is no accredited laboratory in the departure city, the PCR test certificate can be obtained from any laboratory until accredited laboratories are available on Kuwait Mosafer for that location.
    • Passengers who are permitted to arrive in Kuwait must undergo seven (7) days of institutional quarantine upon arrival at a hotel in Kuwait, at their own expense.  Another PCR test, also at the traveler’s expense, will be performed on the sixth day of quarantine.  If negative, the remaining seven (7) days of quarantine may be completed at home.  Hotel booking and registration is done in advance of travel through Kuwait Mosafer (or the Belsalamah app for domestic employees who have registered).
    • Kuwaiti patients seeking treatment abroad, Kuwaiti students studying abroad, unaccompanied minors under 18, medical staff, and members of the diplomatic corps are excluded from the institutional quarantine requirement and are instead subject to a 14-day home quarantine.  Effective March 23, exceptions also exist for those who have had two COVID-19 vaccine shots with the second at least two weeks prior to entry, those who have had one vaccine shot at least five weeks prior to entry, and those who have recovered from COVID-19 and who have had one dose of the vaccine at least two weeks prior to entry. These groups are subject to the 7-day home quarantine with a PCR test on the seventh day. 
  • Land and sea borders are open from 9 AM to 3 PM daily for returning Kuwaiti citizens, their immediate relatives, and domestic employees. The borders are closed to non-Kuwaiti citizens.
  • The Ministry of Interior has announced that residents with Article 22 (dependent) and Article 24 (self-employed) permits can renew their resident permits online.
  • Individuals whose residencies have expired on or before January 1, 2020 needed to amend their legal status at Residency Affairs by March 02, 2021 to remain in Kuwait.  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 during this period 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.
  • Due to current restrictions by the Government of Kuwait, U.S. military & Department of Defense civilians cannot use commercial air to enter Kuwait until further notice.  U.S personnel should review the Foreign Clearance Guide for additional details.
  • Department of Defense contractors without valid visas or residencies are not authorized to enter Kuwait.  This restriction is in place until further notice, per the Foreign Clearance Guide. 
  • All passengers, including minors, are required to wear a mask and gloves upon arrival at the airport and must arrive at least four hours in advance of their scheduled flight when departing.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes, a 10-hour curfew.
    • From April 8 to April 22, a 10-hour curfew is in effect from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM daily.  No announcement has been made for after April 22.
    • Walking outside in one’s neighborhood is permitted 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
    • Those seeking emergency medical treatment during curfew should call 112.  Curfew passes for medical appointments during curfew hours can be requested at https://curfew.paci.gov.kw/request/create.  Grocery shopping appointments can be requested at www.moci.shop. Confirmation of the appointment must be presented to authorities upon entering and leaving the market. Until April 22, grocery appointments are available 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM (midnight).
    • Passengers departing Kuwait who need to reach the airport during curfew hours should be prepared to travel directly from their homes to the airport, carrying their passport and flight confirmation to show at potential checkpoints.
    • Pharmacies, cooperative societies, and grocery stores offer delivery services during curfew hours. Restaurants can deliver 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM.  
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No, except during curfew hours when travel is prohibited.

 Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
    • All incoming travelers to Kuwait International Airport receive a PCR test administered by Kuwait health officials upon arrival (at the traveler’s expense).  Children under the age of six (6) do not receive this PCR test.  It is also mandatory to travel with a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Kuwait.
    • Passengers who are permitted to arrive in Kuwait must undergo seven (7) days of institutional quarantine upon arrival at a hotel in Kuwait, at their own expense.  Another PCR test, also at the traveler’s expense, will be performed on the sixth day of quarantine.  If negative, the remaining seven (7) days of quarantine may be completed at home. Hotel booking and registration is done in advance of travel through Kuwait Mosafer (or the Belsalamah app for domestic employees who have registered).
    • Kuwaiti patients seeking treatment abroad, Kuwaiti students studying abroad, unaccompanied minors under 18, medical staff, and members of the diplomatic corps are excluded from the institutional quarantine requirement and are instead subject to a 14-day home quarantine. Effective March 23, exceptions also exist for those who have had two COVID-19 vaccine shots with the second at least two weeks prior to entry, those who have had one vaccine shot at least five weeks prior to entry, and those who have recovered from COVID-19 and who have had one dose of the vaccine at least two weeks prior to entry. These groups are subject to the 7-day home quarantine with a PCR test on the seventh day.

 Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
    • Kuwait International Airport is operating in the first phase (no more than 30% capacity) of its three-phase re-opening plan.  There are flights with connections to the United States.  Until further notice, non-Kuwaiti citizens are not permitted to enter Kuwait.  There may be exceptions available for first-degree relatives of Kuwaiti citizens, domestic employees traveling with them, governmental medical staff, and private sector medical staff as approved by the Ministry of Health. Details can be found at corona.e.gov.kw/en
    • Non-U.S. citizen passengers to the U.S. should note applicable Presidential Proclamations.

The Department of State does not anticipate conducting a large scale repatriation of U.S. citizens affected by new travel restrictions in various countries around the world. If a U.S. citizen wishes to return to the United States, we urge them to take advantage of available commercial flights. U.S. citizens who do not return while commercial options exist should be prepared to remain in place for an extended period. All potential travelers should carefully consider the need to travel, and inform themselves of the risks prior to departure.

As we noted in our August 6, 2020 warning to U.S. travelers, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect countries differently. Challenges to any international travel at this time may include mandatory quarantines, travel restrictions, and closed borders. Foreign governments may implement restrictions with little notice, even in destinations that were previously low risk. If you choose to travel internationally, your trip may be severely disrupted, and it may be difficult to arrange travel back to the United States.

  • Is public transportation operating? Yes, during non-curfew hours.
    • Taxis are operating (no more than two passengers).

 Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • 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.

 Consular Operations:

  • The Consular Section is open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  To reach the after-hours Duty officer, call the main Embassy line at 2259-1001.  Check this page regularly to view our hours of operation.
  • 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, in a limited number to ensure social distancing, certain visa services, including student and emergency medical nonimmigrant 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 only if the country 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.  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.

  • I am transiting through Kuwait. Do I need to obtain a PCR health certificate?

Passengers transiting through Kuwait must ensure that a PCR test is completed at least 72 hours in advance of boarding their flight to Kuwait. Until further notice, non-Kuwaiti citizens are not permitted to enter Kuwait, including for transit. Children under the age of six (6) do not require a PCR test.

  • Will I be required to self-quarantine when I arrive in the United States?

After you arrive in the United States, get tested 3–5 days after travel and stay home for 7 days after travel. If you do not get tested, it is safest to stay home for 10 days. Passengers arriving in the United States should also follow state-specific and local guidelines, as they may vary by location. Travelers can review the CDC guidance on travel after vaccination here.