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 domestic employees traveling with them. Details can be found at corona.e.gov.kw/en 

Beginning Sunday, February 21, all arriving passengers will undergo seven (7) days of institutional quarantine upon arrival at a hotel in Kuwait, at their own expense, followed by an additional seven (7) day quarantine at home. All those entering Kuwait must still download the Shlonik application prior to beginning their travel to Kuwait and register on the Kuwait Traveler Platform (Kuwait Mosafer). A negative PCR test 72-hours before the start of travel to Kuwait will still be required, and PCR testing for all passengers over the age of six will still occur at the airport upon arrival. 

Additional restrictions have also been announced. The restrictions will begin on Sunday, February 7 for a period of one month, which may be extended:  

  • All commercial businesses will close from 8 PM to 5 AM daily, with the exception of pharmacies, co-ops, and grocery stores.  
  • Restaurants will close from 8 PM to 5 AM daily. Takeout orders and delivery will not be restricted. 
  • Health clubs, salons, barber shops, and spas will be fully closed.  
  • Large gatherings, including celebrations of the upcoming National Day holiday, are prohibited.  Catering, tent rental, reception hall rental, and other associated businesses will be closed. 
  • Sporting events will be canceled. 

Actions to Take: 

  • Stay abreast of local news and information concerning travel restrictions. 
  • Check with your airlines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions. Please note that while you may be able to make an online purchase for a flight, flights may not be guaranteed and your flight may still be cancelled. 
  • Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the most up-to-date information. 
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States. 
  • U.S. citizens should continue to check the Embassy website and follow our social media platforms for announcements. 
  • If you have not done so already, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and messages from the Embassy. 


U.S. Embassy Kuwait
P.O. Box 77
Safat 13001

Telephone: (+965) 2259-1001
Emergency Telephone: (+965) 2259-1001
Fax: (+965) 2538-0282