Kuwait (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 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: Banned
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 21.02.2021
1. Flights from the 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 medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 6 years;
– passengers returning to Kuwait with a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (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 .
9. Passengers are subject to quarantine for up to 14 days at their own expense. They must have a confirmed hotel reservation booked at https://kuwaitmosafer.com/home.html .


Detailed Tourist Information

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

However, between 7 and 21 February only Kuwaitis and first-degree non-Kuwaiti relatives are allowed to enter Kuwait. In addition, travelers cannot enter Kuwait if they have been in the UK during the preceding 14 days. If you are booked to travel between UK and Kuwait you should contact your airline for the latest information.

You also cannot enter Kuwait if, in the preceding 14 days, you have been in any of the other countries Kuwait considers high risk for COVID-19. This list is regularly updated: you should follow @Kuwait_dgca on Twitter for the latest countries on the list.

Apart from the period 7 to 21 February, the Kuwait Government allows British citizens to enter Kuwait if they have not been in a banned country in the preceding 14 days, hold valid residencies, and have a negative PCR test. As of 17 January 2021 the PCR test must be conducted no more than 72 hours before acceptance on the flight to Kuwait. The test result should be in English. For further information please refer to the guidance on getting a COVID-19 test or an accredited private facility.

On entry to Kuwait you will need to undergo a further PCR test at the airport and then self-isolate for 14 days in your home. From 21 February this system will change: you will be required to undergo compulsory self-funded quarantine in a designated hotel for 7 days, then a further 7 days home isolation.

Lockdown Details

Government offices and private businesses with more than 50 percent staff, banking, financial, and construction sectors, retail stores, shopping malls, public parks, restaurant takeout and dine-in services, hotels, resorts, gyms, salons, and tailors have reopened with physical distancing measures as of August 18.

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


Data Source: covidcontrols.co