August 7, 2020: Updated Travel Advisory for Kuwait

In coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) removal of their Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice (Avoid Non-Essential Travel), the Department of State has removed its Global Level 4 Travel Advisory (Do Not Travel).  A country-specific Level 3 Travel Advisory (Reconsider Travel) remains in place for Kuwait.  The CDC has also issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Kuwait due to COVID-19.

Kuwait has lifted stay at home orders and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Kuwait.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

Do not travel to:

  • The desert region near the border with Iraq due to the prevalence of unexploded ordnance.

Exercise increased caution:

  • The City of Al Jahra in northwest of Kuwait City due to crime.
  • The Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh area in Kuwait City due to crime.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including Kuwait, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Kuwait:

Desert Region North of the Mutla’a Ridge and Near the Border with Iraq

Desert areas and certain beaches north of the Mutla’a Ridge continue to contain unexploded ordnance left over from the 1990-1991 Gulf War. Travelers should avoid areas that are “off the beaten path” and avoid touching objects that are potentially unexploded ordnance.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Al Jahra

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior has identified the City of Al Jahra northwest of Kuwait City on the 6th Ring Road as a high-crime area.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh 

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior has identified the neighborhood of Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh on the outskirts of Kuwait International Airport as a high-crime area.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.


U.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