Kuwait (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test results required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Self-quarantine for 14 days is required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Banned
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 26.04.2021
1. Flights from India and United Kingdom are suspended.
2. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Kuwait;
– children, husbands and wives of nationals of Kuwait;
– domestic workers of nationals of Kuwait. They must register online before departure at https://belsalamah.com/home.html .
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://kuwaitmosafer.gov.kw/home.html . Passengers arriving from countries which are not listed on the website do not need to have a PCR test issued by an approved laboratory.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 6 years;
– passengers returning to Kuwait with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued before departure from Kuwait. They must have been a maximum of 4 days abroad.
4. Passengers are subject to medical screening.
5. Passengers should install “Shlonik” and “Kuwait-Mosafer” applications on their personal device.
6. Suspension of visa on arrival facilities.
7. Passengers must register online before departure at https://kuwaitmosafer.gov.kw/home.html .
8. Passengers are subject to 2 PCR tests at their own expense upon arrival. They must have a payment confirmation obtained at https://kuwaitmosafer.gov.kw/home.html before departure.
9. Passengers are subject to quarantine at a hotel or home-quarantine for up to 14 days.
10. Passengers must have a confirmed hotel reservation booked for 7 days at https://kuwaitmosafer.com/home.html before departure.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate if they received two vaccine doses at least 2 weeks before arrival;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate if they received the first vaccine dose at least 5 weeks before arrival;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate and a vaccination certificate if they received the first vaccine dose at least 2 weeks before arrival;
– students who are nationals of Kuwait studying abroad with a letter issued by the Kuwait Cultural Office and a letter issued by the University;
– unaccompanied minors younger than 18 years.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The International Airport, and land and sea borders, reopened on 2 January 2021.

Only Kuwaitis and their first degree relatives are allowed to enter Kuwait until further notice.
 

Lockdown Details

Until the end of Ramadan (on or about May 12, 2021), curfew is in effect from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM daily. No announcement has been made for after Ramadan.

Those seeking emergency medical treatment during curfew should call 112. Curfew passes for medical appointments during curfew hours can be requested at https://curfew.paci.gov.kw/request/create.

Grocery shopping appointments can be requested at www.moci.shop. Confirmation of the appointment must be presented to authorities upon entering and leaving the market. Until the end of Ramadan (on or about May 12, 2021), grocery appointments are available 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM (midnight) with delivery available 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM.

Passengers departing Kuwait who need to reach the airport during curfew hours should be prepared to travel directly from their homes to the airport, carrying their passport and flight confirmation to show at potential checkpoints.

Government offices and private businesses, banking, financial, and construction sectors, retail stores, shopping malls, health clubs, salons, barber shops, spas, restaurant takeout and delivery services, hotels, and tailors are open 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM with physical distancing measures and reduced staffing (government offices at 30% and private businesses at 50%). Effective February 24, dine-in at restaurants is not permitted until further notice.

All commercial businesses are closed from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM daily, with the exception of pharmacies, co-ops, and grocery stores, which can operate via delivery service. Restaurants can deliver from 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM.

Public seating areas are closed and public parks and outdoor spaces are open only for walking. Walking outside in one’s neighborhood is permitted from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Public schools, universities, and colleges are planning for continued virtual learning. Many types of social gatherings, including weddings, receptions, desert camping, and public and private diwaniyas, are banned.
 

Sources

https://kw.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co