Travel Tips for Kuwait

Currently, there are no restrictions on travel to Kuwait. It is important to note that there is an underlying threat of terrorism in the country. Terrorist groups have issued statements that insinuate threats that they will carry out in the gulf region. The threats include references of attacks on both European and Western interests that include military and residential compounds, transport interest, aviation interests, and oil interest.

Sailing and Sea Travel

You should not swim in the sea located just off of Kuwait City. In 2009, one of the main pumpling stations of the city broke and untreated sewage was let into the sea. This problem has mostly been dealt with, but you should still avoid swimming in the area.

There are many areas around the gulf that are very sensitive. This includes maritime areas that are near the islands Warbah and Bubiyan located in the northern part of the gulf, and the Tunbs and Abu Musa located in the southern part of the gulf. It is advised that British Nationals be extremely careful when travelling in any waters that border Iraq as well as areas around the islands of Miskan, Failaka, and Ras Hmar.

Crime in Kuwait

Violent crimes against foreigners travelling in Kuwait are quite rare. It is estimated that over 40,000 British nationals visit the country each year and most visits are without incident. However, it is important to be cautious, especially if you plan to travel to conservative areas of the country such as Jahra, where incidents that involve fire arms have occurred.

Driving in Kuwait

Renting family cars in Kuwait is a great way to get around the country. If you plan to cross the border into Iraq or Saudi Arabia, you should only use border crossing that has been authorised. If travelling from Kuwait to Iraq, you will need the appropriate paperwork. You can seek advice on this paperwork from the British Embassy.

It is recommended that you stay on the local roads while driving in the country. There are still land mines and other hazardous materials that are located off the roads.

Local Customs

When visiting Kuwait it is important to note that the country is predominantly Muslim. Make sure that you are always aware of your actions to avoid offending their culture and religion. If your visit falls during the holy month of Ramadan, you will want to be extremely cautious, especially if you visit any religious areas. You can learn more about Ramadan here.

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