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Kuwait travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: no Quarantine: no
Airlines Updates

03.07.2020 Kuwait Airways in recent schedule update files changes to its planned operation, as the airline re-opened reservation for flights on/after 01AUG20. As of 02JUL20, following routes for South Asia and East Asia are not available for reservation, including winter 2020/21 season on/after 25OCT20.

Kuwait City – Colombo 7 weekly A330-200
Kuwait City – Dhaka 12 weekly 777-300ER
Kuwait City – Manila 1 daily 777-300ER

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Flight Restrictions

1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Kuwait.
– This does not apply to nationals of Kuwait and their first degree relatives. They must have a OK TO TRAVEL authorization obtained from the state of Kuwait embassy.
– This does not apply to domestic workers if accompanied by a national of Kuwait. They must have a OK TO TRAVEL authorization obtained from the state of Kuwait embassy.
– This does not apply to diplomatic passport holders, UN passport holders, members of UNESCO with prior approval from the government authorities.
2. Passengers must install ‘Shlonik’ in their personal device before departure. Airlines must inform Kuwait DGCA of passengers who are not able to install it. Such passengers must present their boarding pass upon arrival.

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Quarantine

Kuwaiti citizens who enter Kuwait from any country will be put in home quarantine for 28 days upon arrival unless they display COVID-19 symptoms in which they will be put in institutional quarantine.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

  • Kuwait Commercial flights at Kuwait International Airport will resume from 1 August. (Reuters, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Kuwait has closed its airport and land border with Iraq. This said, there is one daily flight with Qatar Airways operating between Kuwait to/from Doha. The Kuwait Government is no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait. Land borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia have closed, and other countries may monitor travellers from Kuwait.
    Kuwaiti citizens who enter Kuwait from any country will be put in home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival unless they display COVID-19 symptoms in which case they will be put in institutional quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Effective Tuesday, 30 June the Government of Kuwait will transition from Phase One to Phase Two of Kuwait’s five-phased reopening plan. During Phase Two, a 9-hour curfew is in effect from 8:00pm until 5:00am. While each phase is expected to last for three weeks, the Government of Kuwait has indicated that phases may last shorter or longer depending on local health conditions. A complete lockdown continues to be imposed on several neighborhoods until further notice: Farwaniya (except for areas between Streets 60, 120, 502, and 129), Mahboula, and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh. Residents of these areas may leave their houses during the non-curfew hours but will not be able to leave their neighborhoods. In Phase Two, all Phase One activities will continue to be permitted in addition to the re-opening of government offices and private businesses with no more than 30 percent staff. The banking, financial, and construction sectors, retail stores, shopping malls, and public parks are also set to reopen in Phase Two. Services at restaurants and cafes will be limited to drive-through and takeout only. As a reminder, mosques, industrial activities, general services, including maintenance and laundry, home delivery services, drive-through and delivery services at restaurants and cafes, grocery stores, cooperative societies, company transport vehicles, gas stations, auto repair shops, and private hospitals and medical clinics have reopened during Phase One.

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    01.07.2020
  • Kuwait Commercial flights at Kuwait International Airport will resume from 1 August. (Reuters, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Kuwait has closed its airport and land border with Iraq. This said, there is one daily flight with Qatar Airways operating between Kuwait to/from Doha. The Kuwait Government is no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait. Land borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia have closed, and other countries may monitor travellers from Kuwait.
    Kuwaiti citizens who enter Kuwait from any country will be put in home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival unless they display COVID-19 symptoms in which case they will be put in institutional quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    From 30 May the nationwide curfew will apply from 6pm – 6am daily. In addition, you are prohibited from travelling in or out of the following areas: Mahboula, Jleeb Al Shuyoukh, Hawally and Nuqra. You are also prohibited from travelling in and out of parts of Farwaniya and Khaitan. Follow the official Kuwait News Agency for details [https://www.kuna.net.kw/Default.aspx?language=en].
    The Kuwait Government has ordered the wearing of face masks in public. Penalties for not wearing a mask in public are a fine of 5000 KD or a prison sentence of three months.
    Mosques, general services, including maintenance and laundry, home delivery services, restaurant and cafe drive-through and delivery services, some banks, company transport vehicles, auto repair shops, and private hospitals and medical clinics have reopened as of May 31.
    Government offices and private businesses will reopen with no more than 30 percent staff on June 30.Public schools, universities, and colleges are closed through the beginning of August. All public transportation, including taxi services, is suspended. Many types of social gatherings, including weddings, receptions, and public and private diwaniyas, are banned.

    *****Relaxations to restrictions:
    Curfew hours to be eased starting 21 June (Reuters, 18.06.2020) Government plans to resume commercial flights in three stages (Xinhau, 08.06.2020). Curfew replaced by 12-hour night time curfew starting 31 May (Reuters, 28.05.2020)

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    29.06.2020
  • Kuwait Curfew hours to be eased starting 21 June (Reuters, 18.06.2020) Government plans to resume commercial flights in three stages (Xinhau, 08.06.2020). Curfew replaced by 12-hour night time curfew starting 31 May (Reuters, 28.05.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Kuwait has closed its airport and land border with Iraq. This said, there is one daily flight with Qatar Airways operating between Kuwait to/from Doha. The Kuwait Government is no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait. Land borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia have closed, and other countries may monitor travellers from Kuwait.
    Kuwaiti citizens who enter Kuwait from any country will be put in home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival unless they display COVID-19 symptoms in which case they will be put in institutional quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    From 30 May the nationwide curfew will apply from 6pm – 6am daily. In addition, you are prohibited from travelling in or out of the following areas: Mahboula, Jleeb Al Shuyoukh, Hawally and Nuqra. You are also prohibited from travelling in and out of parts of Farwaniya and Khaitan. Follow the official Kuwait News Agency for details [https://www.kuna.net.kw/Default.aspx?language=en].
    The Kuwait Government has ordered the wearing of face masks in public. Penalties for not wearing a mask in public are a fine of 5000 KD or a prison sentence of three months.
    Mosques, general services, including maintenance and laundry, home delivery services, restaurant and cafe drive-through and delivery services, some banks, company transport vehicles, auto repair shops, and private hospitals and medical clinics have reopened as of May 31.
    Government offices and private businesses will reopen with no more than 30 percent staff on June 30.Public schools, universities, and colleges are closed through the beginning of August. All public transportation, including taxi services, is suspended. Many types of social gatherings, including weddings, receptions, and public and private diwaniyas, are banned.

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    28.06.2020
  • Kuwait Government plans to resume commercial flights in three stages (Xinhau, 08.06.2020). Curfew replaced by 12-hour night time curfew starting 31 May (Reuters, 28.05.2020)

    Flights to Kuwait are suspended.
    – This does not apply to diplomatic, humanitarian or repatriation flights approved by the DGCA Air Transport Department.
    – This does not apply to aircraft operated by Kuwait Air Force, Kuwait Police Wing and Kuwait Ameri Flight.
    – This does not apply to aircraft exempted by the authority.

    Kuwait has restricted the entry of all travelers except Kuwaiti nationals, their immediate families, and domestic workers who are accompanied by a Kuwaiti national. All of the above must have a OK TO TRAVEL authorization obtained from the state of Kuwait embassy. Diplomatic passport holders, UN passport holders, and members of UNESCO with prior approval from government authorities may also enter the country. All travelers must install the ‘Shlonik’ app on their personal device before departure. Kuwait DGCA will be informed of any traveler who cannot install the app, and they will have to present their boarding pass upon arrival.

    International restrictions:

    All flights to/from Kuwait, with the exception of cargo flights are suspended until further notice. Land border crossings with Iraq remain closed, while only commercial trucks are permitted to enter Saudi Arabia. The issuance of all visas (except for diplomatic purposes) is suspended indefinitely. All types of visas are automatically extended until 31 May. It is our understanding that passengers traveling directly to the airport to depart Kuwait will be permitted to travel with their passport and a copy of their booking and/or ticket showing departure. They should allow additional time for possible stops by relevant authorities and should be wearing face masks while outside their homes.

    Internal restrictions:

    The current nightly curfew from 16.00 to 08.00 will become a 24-hour curfew on 10 May until May 30. Nonetheless, people will be allowed to walk inside their residential areas from 16.30 to 18.30. Businesses in essential sectors (e.g. health, security, electricity, oil and municipality, etc.) will be allowed to continue operating. Additionally, supermarkets will be allowed to operate and grocery stores located in areas frequented by expats will remain open. The use of face masks is mandatory in all public spaces, including grocery stores and during the daily 2-hour walking period. All non-emergency government offices are closed at least through 31 May, unless otherwise notified.

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    09.06.2020
  • Kuwait Government will not extend 24-hour curfew beyond 30 May (Reuters, 25.05.2020) Flights to Kuwait are suspended. – This does not apply to diplomatic, humanitarian or repatriation flights approved by the DGCA Air Transport Department. – This does not apply to aircraft operated by Kuwait Air Force, Kuwait Police Wing and Kuwait Ameri Flight. – This does not apply to aircraft exempted by the authority. Kuwait has restricted the entry of all travelers except Kuwaiti nationals, their immediate families, and domestic workers who are accompanied by a Kuwaiti national. All of the above must have a OK TO TRAVEL authorization obtained from the state of Kuwait embassy. Diplomatic passport holders, UN passport holders, and members of UNESCO with prior approval from government authorities may also enter the country. All travelers must install the ‘Shlonik’ app on their personal device before departure. Kuwait DGCA will be informed of any traveler who cannot install the app, and they will have to present their boarding pass upon arrival.

    International restrictions:

    All flights to/from Kuwait, with the exception of cargo flights are suspended until further notice. Land border crossings with Iraq remain closed, while only commercial trucks are permitted to enter Saudi Arabia. The issuance of all visas (except for diplomatic purposes) is suspended indefinitely. All types of visas are automatically extended until 31 May. It is our understanding that passengers traveling directly to the airport to depart Kuwait will be permitted to travel with their passport and a copy of their booking and/or ticket showing departure. They should allow additional time for possible stops by relevant authorities and should be wearing face masks while outside their homes.

    Internal restrictions:

    The current nightly curfew from 16.00 to 08.00 will become a 24-hour curfew on 10 May until May 30. Nonetheless, people will be allowed to walk inside their residential areas from 16.30 to 18.30.

    Businesses in essential sectors (e.g. health, security, electricity, oil and municipality, etc.) will be allowed to continue operating. Additionally, supermarkets will be allowed to operate and grocery stores located in areas frequented by expats will remain open. The use of face masks is mandatory in all public spaces, including grocery stores and during the daily 2-hour walking period. All non-emergency government offices are closed at least through 31 May, unless otherwise notified.

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    27.05.2020
  • Kuwait All types of visas are automatically extended until 31 May.

    14.05.2020
  • Kuwait Flights to Kuwait are suspended.
    – This does not apply to diplomatic, humanitarian or repatriation flights approved by the DGCA Air Transport Department.
    – This does not apply to aircraft operated by Kuwait Air Force, Kuwait Police Wing and Kuwait Ameri Flight.
    – This does not apply to aircraft exempted by the authority.

    International restrictions:

    All flights to/from Kuwait, with the exception of cargo flights are suspended until further notice. Land border crossings with Iraq remain closed, while only commercial trucks are permitted to enter Saudi Arabia. The issuance of all visas (except for diplomatic purposes) is suspended indefinitely.

    Internal restrictions:

    During the Holy Month of Ramadan (started on 24 April until tentatively 24 May), the nationwide curfew will be between 16.00 to 08.00. All government and private agencies will be closed until 31 May. Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Mahboula areas in Kuwait City are in full lockdown.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kuwait]
    [[https://kw.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
    [https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/29825692-2888-41b4-8113-190e31ad7290]
    [https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening]
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