PIK News | Entry rules to Kuwait in response to coronavirus
Entry rules to Kuwait in response to coronavirus
Published on: 09-Feb-2022
Since 1 August 2021 foreigners with valid residency have been allowed to enter Kuwait. You must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved in Kuwait (2 doses of either Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, or 1 dose of Johnson and Johnson). This applies to all foreign residents aged 16 and above. Confirmation of your vaccination status (this must be “green”) needs to be registered with Kuwait’s Ministry of Health via the ‘Immune’ App or on the Mobile Civil ID app, or through presenting a certificate of vaccination outside Kuwait that includes a readable QR code. Kuwait also considers as fully vaccinated those who have had two doses of vaccine not approved in Kuwait if they have also had one dose of an approved vaccine, see ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 status’. On 20 December, Kuwait announced that from 2 January 2022, they would not consider individuals as being fully vaccinated if more than 9 months had passed since their second vaccination and they had not received a third booster dose.
From 4 January 2022, you must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Kuwait. You must download the Shlonik app before boarding. From 11 January, passengers who have been infected with Coronavirus in the 28 days of their arrival are permitted to enter the state of Kuwait after spending the appropriate period in isolation:
Vaccinated passengers: can submit a positive (PCR) test certificate between 7-28 days prior to arrival
Non-vaccinated passengers: can submit a positive (PCR) test certificate between 10-28 prior to arrival
From 18 January, you will have to quarantine at home for seven days on arrival, although quarantine can end if the PCR test carried out upon arrival proves negative.
Electronic Visas are now available for fully vaccinated individuals. Visit the Ministry of Interior website for more information. Applicants will be able to check the status of their application before travelling and the visas will be issued upon arrival.