March 30, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Ambassador Alina L. Romanowski: Together, We Will Defeat COVID-19

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Hello everyone. I am Alina L. Romanowski, the United States Ambassador to Kuwait. I want American citizens in Kuwait and the general public to know how the U.S. government and the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait are responding to the outbreak of COVID-19.

I commend the Kuwaiti government for its proactive response to COVID-19, and the tireless efforts of Kuwaiti public servants, especially health care practitioners, to protect everyone’s health and well-being.

My highest priority as Ambassador is the welfare and security of American citizens in Kuwait, including our Embassy staff. I encourage all Americans to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Program, or STEP, to get timely updates and travel advisories relating to COVID-19.

I also encourage everyone to frequently check U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 web-page, a link you see below. We are updating this page daily with local developments and fact-based information on the situation. American citizens in need of emergency assistance or services can contact us at the phone number and email address listed below.

Last week, we worked with the Kuwaiti government to arrange a flight for American citizens to travel to the United States. We will continue to work with the Kuwaiti authorities to secure additional flights, so that any Americans who want to return home are given that opportunity.

We are doing our part at the U.S. Embassy to slow the spread of COVID-19 by teleworking and practicing social distancing, and good hygiene. We also don’t want to spread rumors and misinformation, something everyone can help with by sharing information only from trustworthy and official sources.

The United States is working hard to defeat this disease, and we are cooperating closely with the Kuwaiti government and other governments around the world to get ahead of this crisis.

It’s also important to stay resilient as we and our families cope with this crisis. So, don’t forget to take care of your mental health by finding something fun and enjoyable to do within all the guidelines and restrictions that have been put in place.

Please do your part. Our motto at the Embassy is “Stay calm and wash your hands.” Together, we will slow the spread of this disease. Take care of yourselves and stay safe. Thank you.