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    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Kuwait
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COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions and exemption
- From 24 February, all land and sea borders are closed. Exceptions apply to shipping operations, workers in the Saudi Arabian–Kuwaiti divided zone, and Kuwaiti citizens, their first-degree relatives and their domestic workers returning to the country.
- In addition to India, Kuwait also suspended direct commercial flights from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. All travellers to Kuwait from these countries will not be allowed entry. This also applies to transit passengers unless they have stayed in a third country for the past 14 days before the arrival. Kuwait nationals and their first‑degree relatives as well as their domestic workers are exempt from this restriction.
- Flights from the United Kingdom are suspended.
(Until further notice)
Entry rules


• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents
Only Kuwaiti citizens, their first degree relatives and accompanying domestic staff are permitted to enter Kuwait, as well as diplomats and medical professionals and their direct families.
• Inbound travel for “third country” nationals
- An entry ban for foreign nationals is currently in place. This includes those who hold resident permits in Kuwait as well as nationals of GCC countries.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
All incoming passengers who are allowed to enter Kuwait must:
- Present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://kuwaitmosafer.gov.kw/home.html . Passengers arriving from countries which are not listed on the website do not need to have a PCR test issued by an approved laboratory.
- Register on the Kuwait Mosafer App and pay for two COVID-19 PCR tests prior to the departure of the flight. The first test will be conducted on arrival in Kuwait and the second on the sixth day of the institutional quarantine. If test results are negative, the traveller may end the isolation.
- Passengers travelling from certain countries must conduct the PCR test in a lab accredited by the Medical Utility Network Accreditor (MUNA).
Currently, the list of countries include Bahrain,Egypt, France, India, Jordan, KSA, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, USA. The list is updated continuously by the Kuwaiti authorities and Kuwait Airways https://www.kuwaitairways.com/en/information/usefulinfo/Pages/Covid19-Safety-Information.aspx. Consult your airline for more details.

• Vaccinated/recovered Kuwaiti citizens (Those who have taken at least their first dose two weeks before their arrival in Kuwait, or those whose recovery did not exceed 90 days)
- They must present a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure.
- They are required to only book one PCR test prior to travelling into Kuwait on the Kuwait Mosafer Appl.
- They will stay in quarantine for three days and within this period should complete their PCR test. If negative, the quarantine ends.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long and where can this be done?
All passengers have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival: seven days at a locally approved hotel at their own cost and the final seven days at home. Passengers must present proof that they have pre-booked their hotel quarantine at check-in. Passengers must have a confirmed hotel reservation booked for 7 days at https://kuwaitmosafer.com/home.html before departure.

• Exemptions
Quarantine does not apply to the following categories:
- Students who are nationals of Kuwait studying abroad with a letter issued by the Kuwait Cultural Office and a letter issued by the university, or unaccompanied minors younger than 18 years.
- Diplomats, medical staff, Kuwaiti patients and unaccompanied travellers under the age of 18 are exempt from isolation requirements.
- Passengers who have received a first COVID-19 vaccine shot at least 5 weeks ahead of their arrival.
- Passengers who received a final COVID-19 vaccine shot at least 14 days ahead of their arrival.
- Passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 (certificate confirming recovery must be presented) with confirmation they have received the first vaccine dose at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted for the above exemptions are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. These travellers have to present a negative PCR test results taken maximum 72 hours before the departure.
(Until further notice)
Documentation required
Incoming travellers should expect to be asked to complete 'Home Quarantine consent' and 'Shlonik consent' forms.
Travellers are required to fill in the Passenger locator form here: https://kuwaitmosafer.gov.kw/home.html
(until further notice)
Other
Passengers should install the 'Shlonik' and 'Kuwait-Mosafer' mobile applications on their personal device. Diplomats, their families and official delegations travelling to Kuwait are exempt from registering on the ‘Kuwait Mosafer’ app.
(until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- From 24 February, all land and sea borders are closed.
- All flights to the UK are suspended until further notice.
• Exemptions
Exceptions apply to shipping operations, workers in the Saudi Arabian–Kuwaiti divided zone, Kuwaiti citizens and their first-degree relatives and their domestic workers returning to the country, and citizens with livestock present through the ports, provided that they provide proof of their ownership of those livestock.
(Until further notice)
Exit rules
• Outbound travel for local nationals / residents
- From 22 May, citizens, their close relatives and domestic helpers are banned from travelling abroad unless they have received two doses of vaccine. Young people not covered by the country's vaccination drive are exempted from the ban.
- All Kuwaiti citizens travelling from Kuwait must have medical insurance covering treatment abroad in case of injuries or accidents
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? No
(Until further notice)


Restrictions on businesses
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
- Cmmercial activities have to stay closed from 20.00 to 05.00.
- From 24 February, dining at restaurants and cafes is banned until further notice. Takeout and delivery services are allowed.
• Exemptions
Pharmacies, supermarkets, healthcare providers, restaurants, cafes and maintenance services are excluded from this measure.
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place
All forms of public transport, taxis excluded, remain suspended.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Kuwait

COVID-19 information for Kuwait

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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There are no major security issues for business travellers and expatriates to Kuwait. Levels of petty and violent crime are low, though incidents receive a disproportionate amount of coverage in the local press. An emerging terrorist threat posed by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group started to impact Kuwait in June 2015, as manifested in the suicide attack against a Shia mosque in Kuwait City. Unexploded landmines, booby traps and cluster bombs laid or dropped during the Gulf wars pose a latent risk; all desert areas must be considered to be potentially dangerous. Protest activity occurs periodically, generally over political factors or socio-economic issues; such activity can lead to violence.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Kuwait
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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