Kuwait (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Travel RestrictionsNon-Kuwaiti residents are allowed entry into Kuwait provided that they are fully vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
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 07.10.2021
1. Nationals of Israel are not allowed to enter and transit.
2. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– nationals of Kuwait;
– children, husbands and wives of nationals of Kuwait;
– nationals of Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty), and their accompanying children younger than 16 years;
– nationals of Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V and that they also received one vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty), and their accompanying children younger than 16 years;
– domestic workers accompanied by nationals of Kuwait;
– passengers with an ’Article 20’ visa issued by Kuwait. Online registration at https://belsalamah.com/home.html is required if they do not have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate;
– passengers with a residence permit or a visa issued by Kuwait and with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty), and their accompanying children younger than 16 years;
– passengers with a residence permit or a visa issued by Kuwait and with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V and that they also received one vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty), and their accompanying children younger than 16 years;
– US military personnel with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty);
– US military personnel with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V and that they also received one vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty);
– passengers younger than 18 years with a residence permit issued by Kuwait.
3. 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.
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.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Kuwait;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty);
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V and that they also received one vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty);
– domestic workers with a residence permit or visa issued by Kuwait who are registered and traveling under BelSalamah package.
9. Passengers could be subject to quarantine at a hotel or home-quarantine for up to 7 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 showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty);
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V and that they also received one vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTec (Comirnaty);
– unaccompanied minors younger than 16 years.
11. Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Kuwait must present the certificate through the Immune app, or Kuwait Mobile ID app, or Kuwait-mosafer app.
12. Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued outside of Kuwait must:
– have a QR code on the certificate; or
– upload the certificate at https://vaxcert.moh.gov.kw/SPCMS/PH/CVD_19_Vaccine_External_Registration.aspx .

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Passengers are not allowed to enter Kuwait unless they are from an exempt category.

The entry ban does not apply to nationals of Kuwait, children, husbands and wives of Kuwaiti citizens, and holders of diplomatic passports. Domestic employees of Kuwait residents must register online before departure.

Nationals of Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE with an accepted COVID-19 vaccination certificate can enter, as can their accompanying children aged under 16.

Vaccinated passengers with residence permits or certain Kuwait visas may now be granted entry.

Nationals of Israel are not allowed to enter or transit Kuwait.
 

Lockdown Details

Commercial businesses are now permitted to remain open after 8:00PM. Private businesses and government offices are operating with up to 60 percent staffing.

Restaurants and cafes have re-opened for in-person dining, with adherence to health regulations. Effective June 27, only individuals who have received at least one dose of a vaccine approved by the Government of Kuwait or those exempt from the vaccine may enter certain public spaces including restaurants, cafes, gyms, salons, and malls. Individuals seeking entry into these spaces may present the Kuwait Mobile ID or Immune applications as proof of vaccination or COVID-19 recovery.

Unvaccinated persons may only enter pharmacies, cooperatives, and grocery stores. Effective August 1, 2021, unvaccinated persons may also enter hospitals and government agencies.

Gatherings are now permitted except for weddings, diwaniyas, and conventions. Cinemas and theaters are open to vaccinated patrons. Museums and cultural centers are open to vaccinated persons.

All special activities for children will also open starting September 1, 2021.
 

Sources

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