COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 01/24/2021

*** 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 U.S. 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 Ministry of Health is randomly testing citizens and residents daily as part of its measures to curb COVID-19. Detailed instructions will be sent to those selected for a COVID swab via text message. The testing is not mandatory.
  • All incoming travelers to Kuwait International Airport receive a PCR test for COVID-19 administrated by Kuwait health officials upon arrival. It is also mandatory to travel with a negative PCR test result administered within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Kuwait.
  • Government offices and private businesses with more than 50 percent staff, banking, financial, and construction sectors, retail stores, shopping malls, public parks, restaurant takeout and dine-in services, hotels, resorts, gyms, salons, and tailors are open with physical distancing measures.
  • 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.
  • U.S. citizens may obtain a COVID-19 PCR test from the below facilities:
    • Al Razi Laboratory Al Shaab
    • Dar Al Shifa Hospital
    • Dhaman Centre
    • Global Med
    • Jarallah German Specialized Clinic
    • The Kuwait German Laboratory
    • Mazaya Clinic
    • The New German Laboratory
    • New Mowasat Hospital

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.
  • 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.
  • The Kuwaiti Ministry 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.”
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
    • U.S. citizens are permitted to enter Kuwait 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. No translation into Arabic language is required. 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.
    • Arriving passengers must register with the Shlonik application prior to boarding the aircraft and home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Kuwait.
    • All incoming travelers to Kuwait International Airport receive a PCR test administered by Kuwait health officials upon arrival. 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.
  • Non-Kuwaiti passengers traveling from the following countries are prohibited from entering Kuwait until further notice: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China and Hong Kong, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Italy, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Spain, Syria, the United Kingdom, and Yemen. This also applies to any individuals who have been present in these countries in the two weeks prior to their travel to Kuwait. Individuals traveling from these countries are permitted to quarantine in a country not listed above for two weeks before returning to Kuwait.
  • Land and sea borders are open from 9 AM to 3 PM daily.
  • 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 must amend their legal status at Residency Affairs by January 31, 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 do not amend their legal status during this period will 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.
  • U.S. military & Department of Defense civilians arriving in Kuwait via commercial air must use military identification and official orders to enter Kuwait. U.S. Personnel are subject to testing and quarantine requirements as outlined in the Foreign Clearance Guide, which should be consulted 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? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

 Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
    • Arriving passengers from any country must register with the Shlonik application prior to boarding the aircraft and home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

 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. Direct flights to and from the United Kingdom have been cancelled until further notice.

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.
    • Taxis are operating and buses have implemented social distancing measures.

 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:

  • 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 immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including employment, student, petition-based, and tourist nonimmigrant visas, K fiancé/fiancée visas, as well as IR-1/2, CR-1/2, IR 3/4, SB-1, E-3 and EB-5 immigrant visas.

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