Kuwait: Travel Health Information

Kuwait is known for its desert landscapes, modern cities, mosques and palaces. Popular tourist sites include Tareq Rajab Museum, the Scientific Center, Kuwait Towers, and Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyya.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Kuwait may differ from your home country. Kuwait has both public and private health sectors, with the majority of the country’s care provided by the public sector. The quality of care in major cities typically meets international standards. The private sector is perceived to provide better service than the public sector.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Kuwait typically require upfront payment in cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Medical evacuation may be required for serious or complicated health emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Kuwait.

Pharmacies are available throughout the country and are generally well-stocked with essential medications. Some medications that can be purchased over-the-counter in your home country may require a prescription in Kuwait. Avoid buying medications from markets or unlicensed pharmacies, as fake medication is a concern.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Kuwait’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Kuwait are generally well constructed and maintained. However, traffic is often chaotic and road rules are not always followed. Public transportation is not reliable but vehicles are modern and well maintained. Seat belts are required for all occupants of a vehicle. Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear a helmet at all times.

Travelling to Kuwait?

Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Kuwait. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary:

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Kuwait At A Glance

Capital: Kuwait City

Population: 4.053 million

Official language: Arabic

Time zone: Arabia Standard Time (AST)

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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