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 deliveries from cooperative societies, grocery stores, and pharmacies.  Appointments are required for grocery stores (Sultan Center, Lulu Hypermarket, etc.) and cooperatives during the curfew.  You may sign up for an appointment with your civil ID online at  Customers may only shop at cooperatives once every six days.  The use of protective face masks is mandatory in all public spaces, including shopping areas.  Face masks are available for sale at pharmacies and cooperatives.

U.S. citizens seeking medical treatment must request a permit to visit hospitals or pharmacies online at

Outside exercise will be allowed only between 4:30pm and 6:30pm daily within residential neighborhoods.  The use of vehicles is prohibited during these hours.

As the situation may change with little or no notice, passengers on flights departing during the duration of the curfew are recommended to contact their airlines for confirmation of their flight status.

Access to Kuwaiti news will be limited to digital platforms given the suspension of distribution and delivery of newspapers.  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to rely on information from credible government news sources.

Given current curfew restrictions, Embassy personnel are teleworking extensively and staffing in many cases is reduced.  The Embassy’s consular section remains available to answer emergency phone calls involving the life and death of U.S. citizens, but we request that all other communications be made by email (see contact information below) until further notice.  It is helpful to include passport numbers for yourself and additional contact information, such as phone numbers, in your email communications with us.

Actions to Take:


  • S. Embassy Kuwait

Bayan, Block 13,

Masjed Al-Aqsa Street

Kuwait City, Kuwait

(965) 2259-1001

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444