Kuwait Now Tweets

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About Kuwait

Kuwait is a small, oil-rich constitutional monarchy with 10% of proven world oil reserves. Foreign workers constitute approximately 90% of the labor force. Kuwaiti citizens constitute only 34% of the country’s population of 3.1 million, and enjoy the benefits of a generous social welfare system that guarantees employment, housing, education and medical care. Facilities for travelers are widely available.

Climate & when to go:

In summer (May to September) weather in Kuwait is intensely dry and hot, temperature reaches +50°C in the shade at noon. Despite the extremely hot weather, there are plenty of air-conditioned amenities, however, to make a summer visit tolerable.

The winter months (mid November to February) are positively chilly in the evenings (temperature drops to 0°C in some desert areas), but with pleasant daytime temperatures hovering around 18°C. Sandstorms occur throughout the year, the desert is laced in a gossamer of lime green and the city is decorated with petunias, making it the most pleasant time to visit.

For the autumn and spring seasons, they are distinguished by their short periods.

Language and Religion

The official language in Kuwait is Arabic, though English is widely spoken and used in commercial circles. All official correspondence with government ministries and bodies must be in Arabic.

Islam is the state religion, As a result, all Islamic holidays are officially observed. The holy month of Ramadan is one of the most important months of the year. During Ramdan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Muslims and Non-Muslims are required to refrain from consuming food, beverages and smoke in public. Working hours are reduced during the month.

Entry requirements:

Passports and visas are required for travelers to Kuwait (for the exception of GCC citizens). Nationalities from the following countries can obtain visit or visas for a fee from Kuwait airport:

USA The Netherlands Portugal San Marino
UK Belgium Ireland Liechtenstein
France Luxembourg Greece Brunei
Italy Switzerland Finland Singapore
Germany Austria Spain Malaysia
Canada Sweden Monaco Hong Kong
Australia Norway the Vatican South Korea
New Zealand Denmark Iceland China
Japan Portugal Andorra

Other countries can obtain visas through Kuwait Airways offices as the airline has an online facility to process the visa through the Ministry of Interior. However, Travelers are advised to check with the consulates or embassies before travelling.

Passports:

Passport valid for at least six months required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Nationals may be refused entry in to Kuwait if they have an Israeli visa or a border stamp in their passport.

Money:

Currency & Exchange rates

Kuwait Dinar (KWD) = 1,000 fils. Notes are in denominations of KWD20, 10, 5 and 1, and 500 and 250 fils. Coins are in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 fils.

Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs:

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted.

Traveller’s Cheques:

Widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

Banking Hours:

Sun-Thurs 08:30-15:30

Exchange Rate Indicators:

1.00 GBP = 0.455 KWD

1.00 USD = 0.287 KWD

1.00 EUR = 0.400 KWD

Working Days:

The workweek in Kuwait is Sunday through Thursday for most businesses, government offices and commercial banks.

Traffic safety & road conditions:

Although Kuwait has an extensive and modern system of well-lit roads, driving in Kuwait is considered to be hazardous. Excessive speeding, high density of vehicles, inattention, high density of vehicles and distraction on the part of drivers and poor driving skills are common in Kuwait.

Crime:

The crime threat in Kuwait is assessed as low. In case of an emergency, please call “112”

Special Circumstances:

–  Photographing government buildings, military installations and economic infrastructure related to the oil industry, is against the law and can result in arrest, investigation, and prosecution.

–  Photographing traditionally-dressed women considered to be offensive. If photographing public scenes or persons, visitors should take care to ask permission.

–  Humiliating a person, including a police officer or a public official, is a crime in Kuwait.

–  Proselytizing is prohibited for all religions except Islam.

–  Import of alcohol, drugs, certain animal products (such as pork, bacon and pig skin), unsealed milk products, unsealed salty fish, unsealed olives and pickles, food prepared abroad, fresh vegetables, shellfish and its products are not allowed.

–  Videos, DVDs and books are subject to censorship depending on the content. Pornography and some religious materials are not allowed . Penalties for attempting to smuggle restricted items are severe.

–  Travelers with prescription medications should carry them in their original packaging or bottle, as dispensed, and carry a copy of their prescription in case customs authorities question their importation into Kuwait. Kuwaiti customs authorities screen the baggage of all travelers entering Kuwait.