Kuwait is a country in the Middle East. It is located at the head of the Arabian Gulf, with Iraq to the north and west, and Saudi Arabia to the southwest.


Major cities and tourist attractions

  • Kuwait City - the capital
  • Jahrah - 30 minutes northwest of Kuwait City by car
  • Ahmadi - 30 minutes
  • Hawalli - 20 minutes
  • Farwaniyah - 20 minutes
  • Mubarak Al Kaber - 25 minutes

Major Airport

  • Kuwait International Airport (IATA: KWI) is Kuwait's only airport and is served by several airlines, mostly flying within the Middle East.

Visa Requirements

The nationals of 35 countries, including the US and most of Western Europe, are eligible of visas on arrival at Kuwait's airport and land borders. The on-arrival visa is valid for a single entry of up to 3 months and costs KD 3, plus KD 3 for a "stamping" fee (not required for US, UK, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia). Those 35 nations include: United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, Vatican City, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea and Poland.

All other nationals need advance visas, which require an invitation from a sponsor in Kuwait. Kuwait Airways offices and major hotels can provide invitations, but the process can take up to a week and may require a fee. The Embassy of Kuwait in Japan [1] has some information.

Israel nationals are banned by the Kuwaiti government from entering the country, and you may also be refused entry if your passport has Israeli entry stamps.

Alcohol and pork are not legal and may not be imported into the country. Your bags will be X-rayed and/or hand-searched on arrival.