Kuwait Travel Information

According to topschoolsoflaw, Kuwait is a country in Asia bordering Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Kuwait has been independent from the United Kingdom since 1961. The capital of Kuwait is Kuwait of the same name. A number of major cities in Kuwait are: Al Farwaniya, Hawalli and Al Ahmadi. Kuwait’s land area also includes a number of islands. These are Auhah, Bubiyan, Failaka and Warbah, located off the coast of Kuwait.

Kuwait is known for oil extraction and the desert plains. In Kuwait it is very dry and warm. Temperatures sometimes rise to 50 degrees. As a result, the country has a scarce flora and fauna. There are virtually no animals living in the desert areas. Kuwait also has a number of beautiful coastlines and harbors. The capital is a lively city with many skyscrapers. See rrrjewelry for Middle East overview.

Where is Kuwait located?

Travel information of Kuwait

Official name: State of Kuwait
Continent: Asia
Area: 17,818 km²
Capital: Kuwait (Kuwait City)
Country code: KW, KWT
Population: 4,621,638 inhabitants (2018)
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy (Emirate)
Highest point: 306 m
Distance (Amsterdam – Kuwait): 4,323 km
Flight time: approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Kuwait that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Kuwait, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Kuwait. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Kuwait?

Weather and climate
Kuwait has several climate zones. In the winter months the temperatures are around 20 degrees and in the summer months the temperatures are around 30 to 45 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Kuwait can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Kuwait can be found at Climate info.

Best time
February, March, November and December are the best months to travel to Kuwait. This avoids the long sweltering summer period and the cold winter month of January.

Arabic is the official language in Kuwait. In addition, English, Farsi and Urdu are spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Arabic for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is still valid for 6 months upon arrival in Kuwait.
A visa is required. You can purchase this upon arrival in Kuwait (valid for 3 months).
Note: Your passport cannot contain an Israeli stamp.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Kuwait: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Kuwait in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Kuwait it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
In Kuwait, payment is made with the Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Kuwait can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Kuwait are slightly higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +4% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (42% cheaper), food (45% more expensive), imported beer in catering (34% cheaper), cigarettes (63% cheaper) and public transport (73% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Kuwait it is customary to tip. If no service costs have been calculated yet, people give a tip of approximately 10-15%.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 1 hour later in Kuwait.
During our winter time it is 2 hours later in Kuwait.
Kuwait has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Kuwait can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Kuwait you must drive on the right.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Kuwait, you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Kuwait.

Electricity In Kuwait you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets in Kuwait can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Kuwait can be found on Google news.
An overview of Kuwait newspapers can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Kuwait end with.kw.
Official Kuwait website: da.gov.kw.

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Kuwait is 00965 or +965.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Kuwait? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Kuwait.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Kuwait.

An overview of all public holidays in Kuwait can be found on Beleven.org.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Kuwait, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Kuwait?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Kuwait. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and World Heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Kuwait can be found on Protected Planet.
Kuwait is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Kuwait? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Kuwait.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in or with Kuwait, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Kuwait, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Kuwait.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking prohibited.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 21.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed. Prison sentence up to 10 years.

Did you know that…
…Kuwait belongs to the Arab League?
…Kuwait is about half the size of the Netherlands?
…Kuwait’s economy runs almost entirely on oil reserves?
…The unemployment rate in Kuwait is only 3%?
…80% of Kuwait residents work for the government?
…Kuwait is one of the richest countries in the world?