KUWAIT TRAVEL GUIDE
INTRODUCTION TO KUWAIT
Kuwait is furiously rebuilding itself after its war with Iraq in 1990. The nation, which was just a cluster of tents 300 years ago, is an important country on the world oil map. Men in dishdashas and women in burkas and yashmaks set amidst the ambience of high rises, landscaped parks and gardens, luxury hotels and beautiful boulevards make Kuwait a rare blend of the past and present. Kuwait is surrounded by Iraq on the north and northwest, and Saudi Arabia on the west and the warm waters of the Arabian Sea on the south. Kuwait City, the capital of the State of Kuwait, is a mosaic of high-rise buildings, well-tended gardens, luxury hotels, spicy souks, gold galleries and beautiful boulevards.
KUWAIT COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS
Kuwait has restricted the entry of all travellers except Kuwaiti nationals, their immediate families, residents of Kuwait, and domestic workers who are accompanied by a Kuwaiti national. Entry restrictions: Kuwait has restricted the entry of all travellers except Kuwaiti nationals, their immediate families, and domestic workers who are accompanied by a Kuwaiti national. All of the above must have 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. As of August 1, foreign nationals with valid residency visas may also enter the country; however, foreign nationals traveling from the following countries are prohibited from entering Kuwait until further notice: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China and Hong Kong, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Italy, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Spain, Syria, and Yemen. This also applies to any individuals who have been present in these countries in the two weeks prior to their travel to Kuwait. Entry requirementsAll travellers 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. travellers must present a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR issued within 96 hours before acceptance on the flight to Kuwait and bring the results with them. No translation is required. Quarantine requirementsOn arrival in Kuwait, a random PCR test will be conducted on ten percent of the passengers of each flight. All travellers will subsequently be subject to 14-day home quarantine. There are currently 5,431 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Kuwait and 875 deaths as of Nov 29 2020 https://kw. usembassy. gov/covid-19-information/https://www. gov. uk/foreign-travel-advice/kuwait/entry-requirements
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KUWAIT QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Kuwait City
- Currency: Kuwaiti dinar (KWD)
- Area: 17,820 km²
- Population: 4,137 million (2018)
- Language: Arabic (official), English widely spoken
- Religion: Muslim 85% (Sunni 70%, Shi'a 30%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%
- Electricity: 240V, 50Hz (UK plug)
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KUWAIT PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 25 February, National Day
- 26 February, Liberation Day
Business openings and work schedules may also be significantly affected by Islamic holidays and festivals.
KUWAIT WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Kuwait's climate ranges from subtropical desert to arid throughout the country. Kuwait receives virtually no rain between June and September, and high-speed northeastern winds dominate in May and June. The rainy season begins in October and goes through May. Kuwait's climate is impacted by the Sudanese low pressure and Africa and Siberian high pressure, which control the duration of hot, humid winds called Al-Kaus Winds.