March 23, 2020: Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kuwait

Location:  Kuwait

Event:   On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Health Advisory – Level 4 advising U.S. citizens, including those who live abroad, to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

The Government of Kuwait has reported more than 185 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Curfew and quarantine measures have been implemented to reduce the spread of the virus.  Effective March 22, and until further notice, the government of Kuwait will impose a nationwide curfew from 5:00pm until 4:00am   People who are found in violation of the curfew order will be imprisoned for up to three years and fined 10,000 KD.  As of March 22, all private medical offices, clinics, and laboratories are closed until further notice.  Public and private hospitals, and private hospital clinics remain open.

Kuwait International Airport has been closed since March 14 until further notice to all commercial flights except for arriving Kuwaiti citizens and their immediate family members who are traveling with them.  Cargo air traffic will continue to be permitted. While the Embassy is exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions, U.S. citizens in Kuwait should be prepared to remain in the country for an indefinite period until the airport reopens for commercial flights.

All non-emergency government offices are closed at least through Thursday, April 9, unless otherwise notified.  Public schools, universities, and colleges are closed through the beginning of August.  Public transportation is suspended.  Mosques, public parks, beaches, public spaces, commercial complexes, shopping centers, public markets, children’s entertainment centers, movie theaters, salons, and wedding halls have also been closed until further notice. The Government of Kuwait issued a ban on many types of social gatherings, including weddings, receptions, and public and private diwaniyas.  Some stores have restrictions on the age and number of customers who can enter.

Due to reduced staffing for social distancing at the U.S. Embassy, beginning on March 16, all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments are canceled until further notice.   Passport services for U.S. citizens, and official government and emergency visa processing will continue to be available

Actions to Take:


Local Resources:

  • The Government of Kuwait has launched a new website dedicated to information regarding COVID-19 in Kuwait
  • Inquire with the Kuwait Directorate General of Civil Aviation via WhatsApp about precautionary measures at Kuwait International Airport and the implementation of civil aviation circulars at +965-9729-8989
  • Kuwait Ministry of Health – Website