Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Heavy Rains in Kuwait – November 3, 2015

This message is to inform U.S. citizens in Kuwait that the Kuwait Meteorological Department has forecasted the potential for heavy rains this week, particularly Tuesday through Saturday. Heavy rains can quickly overwhelm the drainage systems in the country, which can result in flash floods, deep standing water, power outages, and road closures.  U.S. citizens living and traveling in Kuwait should take this information into account and be aware that localized weather conditions throughout Kuwait could change without warning.

This time of year, U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should routinely monitor local weather reports and follow directions from local officials. Updated information is available in English from the Kuwait Meteorological Department website.

In the unlikely event of a weather-related emergency, be sure to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Carry your travel documents at all times (e.g., U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location. The Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to also contact friends and family with updates on your whereabouts in the event of an emergency.

Additional information on storm preparedness may be found on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs website or at

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Kuwait enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the U.S. Embassy.

Updated information on travel in Kuwait may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. and local holidays).

Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website for updated information. Please consult the Country Specific Information page for Kuwait, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait.