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Current

The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

Before unnecessary, tourist trips to Kuwait is currently warned.

Epidemiological situation

Kuwait is severely affected by COVID-19. Nationwide, the number of new infections exceeds 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, which is why Kuwait was classified as an area with a particularly high risk of infection (high incidence area). The World Health Organization (WHO) provides current and detailed figures.

entry

There is basically an entry ban for all foreigners until further notice. Entry is only allowed to Kuwaiti nationals and their relatives. A maximum of 35 passengers are allowed in per flight. To leave the country, travelers have to register with the “MOSAFER” app, which only grants air passengers access to the airport via barcode. Travelers should be at the airport three hours before departure and wear mouth and nose protection and, if necessary, additional gloves. Depending on the airline, hand luggage may also have to be checked in. A negative PCR test must be carried with you if this is required for entry into the destination country or transit.

Transit and onward travel

The border crossings to Saudi Arabia and Iraq are currently closed.

Travel connections

Kuwait Airport has reopened for commercial passenger flights.

Restrictions in the country

There has been no evening curfew since the first holiday of the Eid festival on May 13, 2021. Restrictions on the opening of shops between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. remain. Exceptions apply to delivery services, grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, craftsmen and cinemas.

Hygiene rules

Basically, mouth and nose covers must be worn everywhere in everyday life (especially in shops, etc.) and a distance of 1.5 meters ("social distancing") must be observed.

  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities. High fines can be imposed if the hygiene regulations are violated.
  • Find out about detailed measures by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health, also on Twitter.
  • In the event of COVID-19 symptoms or contact with infected people, contact the Kuwaiti authorities or phone: 151.
  • Please note the registration and test obligation before and the quarantine obligation after entering Germany from high incidence areas (no transit) and contact the health department at your place of residence. The Federal Ministry of Health offers further information on compulsory testing.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, proof and, if necessary, quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the relevant company or your tour operator, and if you are entering from a risk area, contact the health department of your residence or travel agency Place of residence. Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

terrorism

In view of the general situation in the Middle East, there is also a latent threat of terrorism in Kuwait, particularly at oil plants, military facilities, mosques and churches as well as high-traffic locations such as supermarkets, restaurants and hotels.

  • Be especially vigilant in strategically important and busy locations and on special occasions.
  • Please note the worldwide safety information.

Domestic situation

The political situation is stable. Demonstrations can occur. Even if these are mostly peaceful, isolated violent conflicts cannot be ruled out. The conditions in the region are complex, so that the situation can change quickly.

  • Find out about the local media.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.

Land mines

In open areas, especially outside built-up areas, in desert areas and in remote coastal areas, there is a general risk from mines and other explosive devices that originate from the time of the Iraqi invasion and can change their location due to rainfall in autumn and winter. Accidents cannot be ruled out.

  • Stay on paved main roads outside of built-up areas and pay attention to the advice of the authorities.

crime

The crime rate is low and varies considerably depending on the town and district. Petty crime such as pickpocketing occurs in particular. Violent crime is quite rare.
Women traveling alone are particularly at risk when using taxis and walking after dark.

  • Be especially careful and cautious when walking in the dark in less frequented places and especially when traveling alone.
  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as in markets and watch out for your valuables.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

There is a hot, mostly dry desert climate with short wet phases. . In the rainy season from December to January, flooding can occur, especially on dry soils. Strong sand and dust storms are possible all year round.

  • Always observe prohibitions, information signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

Public transport runs rather irregularly, the use of taxis and rental cars is recommended. There is a risk of excessive prices for taxis.

In good road conditions, road traffic is characterized by high speeds, often indiscipline driving behavior and many accidents. Away from main routes outside of built-up areas, there is often a risk of landmines.
The evacuation of the accident site can be considered an admission of guilt before the police arrive.

  • Only use official taxis and negotiate prices before you start your journey.
  • Drive defensively and be especially careful after dark.
  • In the event of an accident, leave the positions of the vehicles unchanged until the police arrive.
  • When driving outside of built-up areas, always stay on the main paved roads.

Driving license

The international driving license is required and is only valid in conjunction with the national German driving license.

Onward travel to neighboring countries / border crossings

Reference is made to the travel and safety information - partial travel warning - Iraq.
The Abdali border crossing to Iraq can be closed without prior notice. A return to Kuwait would then only be possible with a special permit from the Kuwait authorities. The border area with Iraq is a restricted military area and cannot be entered without a special permit. Consular support is only possible on the Kuwaiti side.

Crossing the border outside of official crossings is illegal.

  • Avoid the border areas with Iraq, which are restricted military areas.
  • Only use official border crossings to Saudi Arabia or Iraq.

Special rules of conduct / Ramadan

Kuwait is an Islamic country, so visitors should take this into account when appearing in public and choosing their clothing. However, there are no clothing regulations for women and no other restrictions on their freedom of movement. People should only be photographed cautiously and asked for their consent beforehand.

During the fasting month of Ramadan, restrictions in everyday life (e.g. during the day restaurants outside the hotels being closed, reduced working hours at the authorities) and increased sensitivity in religious matters and in questions of respecting Islamic traditions can be expected. Eating, drinking and smoking in public are also prohibited for non-Muslims, see also section “Criminal Law”.

LGBTIQ

Strict Islamic morals apply in Kuwait. Despite the apparently liberal social climate, homosexuality and illegitimate intercourse are prohibited and can be prosecuted.

Legal specifics

The importation, acquisition, possession and consumption of drugs are prohibited. Drug and weapon offenses are punishable by long prison terms and, in serious cases, can even lead to the imposition of the death penalty.

In Kuwait, strict Islamic morals apply, which are also reflected in criminal law. Prostitution, homosexuality, intercourse between unmarried people, "public obscenity", public gambling and the consumption of alcohol are all criminally punishable. The death penalty can be imposed for rape and sexual abuse of children under the age of 15.

In the fasting month of Ramadan, eating, drinking and smoking in public during the daytime is prohibited by law.

Violations of the security regulations, e.g. by entering the restricted military area on the border with Iraq without a special permit, unauthorized entry or photography of military installations and installations of the petroleum or petrochemical industry are punishable by the authorities.

Exit bans by the police are possible in many cases, e.g. after an accident resulting in death up to a hearing or in the event of financial disputes, see Entry and customs.

Money / credit cards

The national currency is the Kuwaiti Dinar (KWT). We recommend that you take US dollars or euros with you in cash. It is possible to withdraw cash from ATMs with major credit cards.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of the German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: No
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: No

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for at least six months at the time of entry. Travelers whose passports contain Israeli visas or entry stamps will be denied a Kuwait visa or entry into Kuwait.

visa

German citizens need a visa to enter the country.

Currently, no visas are issued either on arrival or at the Kuwaiti diplomatic missions abroad.

starting work

Visas for taking up residence and taking up work are not currently issued.

In individual cases it has happened in member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council that resident German citizens were prevented from leaving the country. A frequent reason are differences of opinion under labor law, which cause the employer (“sponsor”) to ask the competent authorities to impose measures relating to residence law i. S. to request a “travel ban” outside of court proceedings. Failure to meet financial demands by the employee has also led to the refusal to leave the country in the past. It is therefore recommended to find out about the applicable legal situation before commencing an employment relationship or starting business activity.

Minors

There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.

Import regulations

National and foreign currencies, valuables and gold over a value of 3,000 KWD must be declared upon entry.

The importation of alcohol, drugs, weapons, pornographic material, pork and pork products is prohibited. Baggage checks are carried out upon entry.

Pets

A health certificate issued by the country of origin is required for the import of pets, on the basis of which an import license must be applied for from the veterinary office, the Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs & Fish Resources. The contact is offered e.g. by the Embassy of Kuwait in the USA.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

measles

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and in the case of long-term stays or special exposure also against hepatitis B, meningococcal ACWY and rabies.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

HIV / AIDS

There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Diarrheal diseases

Diarrheal illnesses are common travel illnesses, see information sheet on diarrheal illnesses. However, through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene, most diarrheal diseases and also cholera (see below) can be avoided. Therefore, to protect your health, please observe the following basic information:

  • Only drink water of safe origin, never tap water. A previously opened bottle can be identified more easily by purchasing carbonated bottled water.
  • If possible, use drinking water to wash dishes and brush your teeth when you are out and about.
  • If bottled water is not available, use filtered, disinfected, or boiled water.
  • Cook or peel food yourself.
  • Make sure you keep flies away from your food.
  • Wash your hands with soap as often as possible, but always before preparing and eating.
  • If possible, disinfect your hands with liquid disinfectant.

cholera

Cholera is transmitted through insufficiently treated drinking water or raw food and can therefore be avoided through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene. Only a small part of the people infected with cholera get sick and of these again the majority with a comparatively mild course. The indication for a cholera vaccination is only given very rarely, usually only in the case of special exposures such as working in hospitals with cholera patients, see information sheet on cholera.

  • If necessary, seek advice from a tropical or travel doctor with regard to your risk profile.

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)

This infectious disease has been causing occasional severe respiratory diseases, primarily in countries of the Arabian Peninsula, since 2012.The cause is a coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the biology of which has not been conclusively clarified. Camels appear to be involved in transmission to humans. Transmissions from person to person only occurred when there was very close contact with the sick, see the MERS coronavirus leaflet.

  • Avoid unnecessary contact with camels to prevent disease.

Other health hazards

The desert climate is stressful and requires sufficient fluid intake. Beware of those with cardiovascular or kidney disease!

Medical supplies

Medical care in the capital is satisfactory. There is a state ambulance system that is only authorized for transport to public hospitals.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical medicine specialists or travel medicine specialists and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always only an offer of advice. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Country information about your travel destination

Here you will find the addresses of the responsible diplomatic missions and information on politics and bilateral relations with Germany.

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations "Al Qaeda" and "Islamic State" (IS) have been threatening with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of terrorist acts of violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country. There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or in which they can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.

More detailed information about the terrorist threat can be found in the country-specific travel and safety information. These are checked regularly and adjusted if necessary.

The risk of falling victim to an attack is still comparatively low compared to other risks that travel abroad entails, such as accidents, illness or ordinary crime. Nevertheless, travelers should be aware of the risk.

The Federal Foreign Office strongly recommends that all travelers behave in a safety-conscious and appropriate manner. Before and during a trip, travelers should carefully inform themselves about the conditions in their country of travel, behave appropriately, follow the local media and report suspicious incidents (e.g. unattended baggage in airports or train stations, suspicious behavior by people) to the local police or security authorities .

German citizens are advised to register in the Foreign Office's "Elefand" crisis prevention list, regardless of their country or the length of their stay abroad:
Crisis preparedness list

Please clarify with your health insurer or health insurance company whether there is adequate health insurance coverage for your trip abroad, which also covers the costs of a rescue flight to Germany.

Without adequate insurance cover, the costs necessary on site (e.g. treatment or hospital costs, flight home) are generally to be borne by the person concerned and can quickly use up all of your savings.

It is common in many countries that the costs invoiced by doctors or hospitals have to be settled or even advanced before discharge. It cannot be ruled out that the doctor / hospital will obtain a refusal to leave the country for the patient if the bill is not paid.

Many souvenirs are subject to strict import regulations. Find out in good time!

Before starting your trip, please find out which souvenirs are not allowed to be imported for reasons of species protection. Quite a few tourists experience a nasty surprise on their return, when the memento is confiscated by customs or even punished. No matter how impressive an exotic souvenir is due to its peculiarity and uniqueness - many of the animal and plant species from which such souvenirs are made are endangered or even threatened with extinction. These souvenirs are subject to strict import regulations.