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Last updated: 4 October 2021, 10:59 (GMT +4)

Travel to Kuwait

Travel eligibility

The below categories of passengers may enter Kuwait:

Citizens and their first-degree relatives and workers accompanying them

Kuwaiti nationals, first-degree relatives and their domestic workers will be allowed entry to Kuwait under the following conditions based on their vaccination status, whether administered in or outside Kuwait:

  • Kuwaiti nationals who are fully vaccinated with the approved vaccines can be accepted without updating the Immune App provided they can present a vaccine certificate approved by official authorities.
  • Partially vaccinated passengers whose Immune Application / KWI Mobile ID status is yellow can be accepted for travel provided they register on Kuwait-Mosafer and Shlonik. This category of passengers will be subject to a 7-day home quarantine.
  • Non Immunised passengers (non-vaccinated passengers and those vaccinated with vaccines not approved by KWI) can be accepted for travel provided they prepay for and pre-book 2 COVID-19 PCR tests and 7-day institutional quarantine through the Kuwait Mosafer platform.

GCC nationals

  • GCC nationals who are fully vaccinated with the approved vaccines (inside or outside Kuwait) can be accepted without the Immune App provided they produce vaccine certificates approved by official authorities.
  • Non-Kuwaiti passengers who have taken Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik vaccines may travel to Kuwait provided they have received at least 1 dose of a Kuwait approved vaccine 

Non Kuwaiti Nationals

  • All passengers under this category are required to have a valid Kuwait residence / entry visa

Proof of vaccination

  • Passengers vaccinated in the state of Kuwait must present proof via a green status on the Immune App, Kuwait Mobile ID or Kuwait Mosafer platform.  
  • Passengers vaccinated outside the state of Kuwait must present a vaccination certificate with the following information:
    • Name matching the name on the passenger’s passport
    • Type of vaccination received
    • Date the doses were taken
    • Name of the vaccination agency
    • QR code to confirm the authenticity – vaccination certificates without a QR code must be uploaded on the MOH website for authentication
  • Non-Kuwaiti passengers who have taken Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik vaccines must present proof that they have received at least 1 dose of a Kuwait approved vaccine
  • Non-vaccinated non-Kuwaiti medical staff and their first degree relatives may travel to Kuwait provided they pre-pay for 2 COVID-19 PCR tests and have a valid visa/residence permit. This category of passengers will be subject to a 14 day institutional quarantine either at MOH allotted quarantine centres for free or his/her choice of hotel at their own expense.
  • Domestic workers travelling alone can enter Kuwait even if they are not vaccinated provided they are registered under the Belsalamah platform and have a valid Kuwait visa/residence permit.
  • Vaccinated domestic workers are not required to register on the Belsalamah platform provided they have a valid Kuwait residence/entry visa and have green status on the Immune App.

Additional information

  • Transit and transfer passengers are not allowed at Kuwait International Airport.
  • The visa on arrival facility is suspended until further notice.
  • Please note that as per the recent decision by the DGCA, unvaccinated passengers below 18 years old are now permitted to travel alone provided they present a completed parents pledge form to immigration authorities on arrival.
  • Vaccination exemptions for age, pregnancy/health situation, etc. are applicable only for the arrival/departure of Kuwait nationals.
  • Passengers can present their Kuwait mobile ID instead of a civil ID provided they have downloaded and registered on the app. The details on their mobile ID and must match details on their passport. This is applicable only for the entry eligible passengers.
  • 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. This is applicable only for eligible passengers.
  • The restriction imposed by the Kuwait government on travel from India, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal has been lifted and flights will resume adhering to health requirements.
  • Diplomats and staff of diplomatic missions and their first degree relatives, even if they are not vaccinated, can be accepted for travel provided they have a valid residence permit or entry visa. Passengers in this category will be subject to a 7 day home quarantine

COVID-19 PCR testing

All passengers, except children below 6 years old, must carry an original negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate in English from any accredited laboratory. The COVID-19 PCR test certificate must be valid 72 hours from time and date of swab test to the time of acceptance on the flight from the point of origin.

Passengers who have taken a COVID-19 PCR test in Kuwait are eligible to return without restrictions by presenting the same COVID-19 PCR test certificate provided the return journey is within 72 hours of their test date.

Required forms

All passengers travelling to Kuwait must complete the Home Quarantine Consent and Shlonik Consent forms electronically through the Kuwait Mosafer Platform. Kuwait Mosafer and Immune App are optional for Kuwaiti nationals.

Quarantine

All immunised passengers (Kuwaiti citizens and residents) entering the State of Kuwait are subject to home quarantine for a week from the date of entry. The scheduled home quarantine period can be ended within the week by completing a COVID-19 PCR test and receiving negative test result.

Kuwaiti citizens, first-degree family members and workers travelling along with them who are not immunised, or have been immunised with vaccines not approved by the Kuwait Ministry of Health, must pay for two COVID-19 PCR tests and must undergo institutional quarantine for a week at any government approved hotel listed in Kuwait Mosafer platform at their own expense. This will be followed by home quarantine for another week.

Exemptions

The following categories of passengers are exempt from institutional quarantine but need to undergo home quarantine for 7 days:

  • Diplomats and diplomatic mission staff, their first-degree relatives and accompanying domestic workers provided they present proof of their identity
  • Kuwaiti patients who were sent abroad for medical treatment and their companions who are travelling along with them provided they have a certificate issued by the Kuwait health office in the country of treatment. The companions will only be exempted if they are accompanying the patient during their return to Kuwait. Otherwise they will be subject to regular quarantine requirements.

Required apps

All arriving passengers must install the Kuwait Mobile ID, Immune App or Shlonik app and update all the required information on Kuwait Mosafer Platform preferably 3-4 days prior to starting their journey.

Other information

Below types of vaccines are approved by the Kuwait Ministry of Health whether they were taken inside or outside the State of Kuwait.

  • Pfizer BioNTech (two doses)
  • AstraZeneca/Oxford (two doses)
  • Moderna (two doses)
  • Johnson & Johnson (one does)

Non-Kuwaiti passengers who have taken Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik vaccines may travel to Kuwait provided they have received at least 1 dose of a Kuwait approved vaccine.

For more information please refer to the Ministry of Interior and Kuwait Civil Aviation website.

Travel from Kuwait

Restrictions to travel from Kuwait have been imposed by Kuwaiti authorities. Kuwaiti citizens will not be allowed to travel from Kuwait unless they have received vaccines approved by the Kuwait Ministry of Health with a green colour indication on the Kuwait Mobile ID or Immune App.

The below passengers are exempted from this requirement:

  • Citizens holding a certificate from the Ministry of Health proving their inability to be vaccinated due to health reasons.
  • Pregnant Kuwaiti citizens, provided they carry a certificate proving their pregnancy issued and approved by the Ministry of Health.
  • Kuwaiti citizens below 12 years old.

Other information

All Kuwaiti citizens travelling from Kuwait must have active medical insurance covering treatment abroad in case of injuries or accidents.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.