Kuwait (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 July, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Kuwaiti citizens, first-degree relatives of Kuwaiti citizens, and domestic employees can enter if fully vaccinated.

You do not need PCR test.
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 18.06.2021
1. Nationals of Israel are not allowed to enter and transit.
2. Flights from India and United Kingdom are suspended.
3. 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
4. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure.
– 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.
5. Passengers are subject to medical screening.
6. Passengers should install “Shlonik” and “Kuwait-Mosafer” applications on their personal device.
7. Suspension of visa on arrival facilities.
8. Passengers must register online before departure at https://kuwaitmosafer.gov.kw/home.html
9. 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.
10. Passengers are subject to quarantine at a hotel or home-quarantine for up to 14 days.
11. 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 the last vaccine dose at least 2 weeks before arrival. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTec;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate if they received the first vaccine dose at least 5 weeks before arrival. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTec.
– 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 Government of Kuwait has extended the ban on entry for non-Kuwaiti citizens until further notice. There are exceptions available for first-degree relatives of Kuwaiti citizens and domestic employees traveling with them. Details can be found at corona.e.gov.kw.

Starting May 22, Kuwaiti citizens, first-degree relatives of Kuwaiti citizens, and domestic employees traveling with them are not permitted to travel from Kuwait unless they are fully vaccinated.

It is mandatory to travel with a negative PCR test result administered within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Kuwait. It is unclear whether PCR tests upon arrival will remain in effect.

As of May 18, travelers returning to Kuwait who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days are not subject to quarantine, provided that they produce a negative PCR test within three days of arrival. Other travelers must still undergo seven (7) days of institutional quarantine and then provide a negative PCR test result or face an additional seven days of home quarantine. See below for more details.
 

Lockdown Details

Commercial businesses are permitted to open from 5:00AM to 8:00PM.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants are not subject to these opening hour restrictions.

Private businesses and government offices are operating with up to 60% staffing.

As of May 23, restaurants and cafes are permitted to re-open seating areas for dine-in, with adherence to health regulations.

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

Cinemas and theaters are open to vaccinated patrons.
 

Sources

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