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COVID-19 travel restrictions: Kuwait

Travel restrictions


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This article was published on May 31, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Kuwait?

You can enter Kuwait. Due to COVID-19, several entry requirements are currently in place to stop the disease from spreading.

Please be aware that the first thing you must do when traveling to Kuwait is complete a Health Declaration (all arrivals) and register on the Shlonik app (for unvaccinated arrivals only). The following steps vary depending on your vaccination status.

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Can I enter Kuwait if I am vaccinated? 

You can enter Kuwait if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated at least 14 days after administration of the second dose for vaccines with a two-dose schedule; or at least 21 days after administration of the vaccine with a single dose schedule. 

The following vaccine drugs are fully approved in Kuwait:

  • Pfizer
  • AstraZeneca / Oxford
  • Moderna 
  • Johnson & Johnson 

The vaccines listed below are not approved in Kuwait. However, you can enter the country if you have received at least one dose of one of the Kuwait-approved vaccinations after taking any of the following:

  • Sinopham
  • Sinovac
  • Sputnik

In addition, please be aware that the same rules as for fully vaccinated travelers apply to partially vaccinated ones in Kuwait. Partially vaccinated means you have not received the booster dose in the nine months since your last vaccination dose. ​

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

  • A vaccination certificate

Can I enter Kuwait if I am unvaccinated? 

You can enter Kuwait if you are unvaccinated.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

  • A negative PCR test result obtained no more than 72 hours before departure

Can I leave Kuwait?

You can leave Kuwait. Please check the destination country‘s requirements to make sure you are allowed to travel there.

Can I leave Kuwait if I am vaccinated?

Vaccinated travelers can leave Kuwait.

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

Vaccinated travelers must have one of the following documents to leave Kuwait:

  • A document confirming vaccination 

In addition, check the requirements about the COVID-19 test presence in your destination country. 

Can I leave Kuwait if I am unvaccinated?

There are no restrictions for unvaccinated travelers leaving Kuwait.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

Unvaccinated travelers have to present one of the following documents: 

  • Document of recovery from COVID-19 (stating that the visitor has been infected no older than 180 days before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

Nevertheless, COVID-19 tests may be required for recovered travelers as well. Please check in advance whether this is the case.

COVID-19 situation in Kuwait currently

Presently, the COVID-19 situation in Kuwait is becoming safer due to the increasing number of vaccinated population.

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Is it safe to travel to Kuwait right now?

International travel to Kuwait is safe if travelers abide by basic regulations:

  • Wearing masks indoors
  • Maintaining social distance

Is Kuwait City open for travel?

Kuwait City is open for travel now. As with the whole country, the capital has the same basic COVID-19 rules. 

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Kuwait?

Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine.

Partially vaccinated travelers have to:

  • Self-isolate upon arrival
  • Undergo a PCR test
  • End their self-isolation upon receiving a negative result

Unvaccinated travelers have to:

  • Self-isolate upon arrival for seven days
  • Undergo a PCR test on day seven
  • End their self-isolation upon receiving a negative result 

How do I get a health pass to travel to Kuwait?

At present, all foreign arrivals are required to:

  • Complete a Health Declaration (all arrivals)
  • Register at Shlonik app (unvaccinated arrivals only)

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