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Health Alert – Kuwait Announces New PCR Requirements (72 hours before travel) – January 12, 2021
January 12, 2021

Location: Kuwait International Airport, and all Kuwaiti land and sea borders

Event: The Government of Kuwait has announced a change to entry requirements related to COVID-19. Beginning January 17, passengers to Kuwait will 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 Arabic-language translation is required. Children under the age of six (6) do not require a PCR test prior to arrival. The prior guidance was 96 hours.

This is in addition to any additional PCR tests for COVID-19 that are administered by Kuwait health officials upon arrival. It our understanding that children under six (6) are exempt from on-arrival testing.

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.
  • 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