Travel to Kuwait
Entry to Kuwait is restricted to specified nationalities and passenger categories. Please check the requirements before you travel. If you’re travelling to Kuwait, you must take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure, download and update your information on the Shlonik app and undergo a 14-day home quarantine on arrival.
COVID-19 PCR testing
All passengers, except children under 6 years old, must carry an original negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate in English issued by one of the laboratories approved by concerned authorities in Kuwait. The certificate must not be older than 72 hours from the date the test was taken.
Passengers who have taken a COVID-19 PCR test in Kuwait and are eligible to return without restrictions can present the same COVID-19 PCR test certificate provided they return within 72 hours of their test date.
All passengers must undergo a 14‑day home quarantine on arrival.
List of restricted countries:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Passengers who are eligible to enter Kuwait from restricted countries:
- Kuwaiti nationals
- First-degree relatives of Kuwaiti nationals (Provided they are holding proof of relationship and valid entry visas/residence visas)
- Domestic workers sponsored by Kuwaiti nationals (Provided holding valid residence and accompanied by the sponsor)
- Employees of Kuwait Ministry of Health and their first degree relatives (husband/ wife/ children) provided they are in possession of a valid residence permit or a valid entry visa. For first degree relatives they must hold a proof of relationship with MOH staff
- Employees of the Private Medical Sector in the State of Kuwait (those whom their names are mentioned under circular 2020/104 dated 13th Dec 2020) who have a valid residency
All other category of passengers holding valid residence, arriving from the above listed restricted countries are NOT ALLOWED to enter Kuwait Unless they have settled in any of the non-restricted country for a period of 14 days at least and after 14 days they must conduct a PCR test for COVID-19 and provide an approved certificate providing a negative result.
Passengers who are eligible to enter Kuwait from non-restricted countries:
- Kuwaiti nationals
- GCC Nationals
- Valid Kuwait residence holders
- Valid entry visa holders
- The visa on arrival facility is suspended until further notice.
- All passengers (excluding children under 06 years old) must carry an original negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate issued by one of the laboratories approved by concerned authorities in Kuwait. PCR certificates should be in English language. Validity period of such certificate will be considered from the date of taking the test until the date of acceptance on board the flight. The PCR test certificate must be a hard copy.
- Passengers who have done the PCR from Kuwait and eligible to return without restrictions can utilise the same PCR provided the arrival is within the 72 hours from the test date.
- Passengers can be boarded by using Kuwait mobile ID replacing civil ID provided they have downloaded the application and registered themselves in it. The details on mobile ID and passport need to be matched
- GCC nationals travelling to Kuwait must present a valid passport. Civil ID will not be accepted for travel.
- Domestic workers accompanied by GCC citizens must have a valid visa to enter Kuwait.
- Resident permit holders who have left Kuwait on or after 1 September 2019 and have stayed outside Kuwait for more than six months can return provided their resident permit/visa is still valid.
- All passengers should install and update all the required information on the Shlonik app before boarding.
- All passengers must be advised that they will undergo a 14-day home quarantine on arrival.
- Passengers arriving from stations with e-gate facilities need to ensure a proof (exit stamp on passport or exit details) can be provided to Kuwait immigration that the journey was started from a non-restricted country.
All passengers to Kuwait should complete the distributed pledging and acknowledgments documents of Home Quarantine Consent and Shlonik Consent.
All passengers should install and update all the required information on the Shlonik app before boarding. They should also have Kuwait – Mosafer installed on their personal devices (smartphones).
All Kuwaiti citizens travelling from Kuwait must have active medical insurance covering treatment abroad in case of injuries or accidents.
The visa on arrival facility is currently not available.
For more information please refer to the Ministry of Interior and Kuwait Civil Aviation website
Travelling to, from and through Dubai
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