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Kuwait

Kuwait
State of Kuwait
Reconsider travel to Kuwait due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider travel to Kuwait due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Kuwait due to COVID-19.  

Kuwait has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations) and business operations (including schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Kuwait. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Kuwait.

Do not travel to:

  • The desert region near the border with Iraq due to the prevalence of unexploded ordnance.

Exercise increased caution:

  • The Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh area in Kuwait City due to crime.

Due to risks to civil aviation operating within the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman region, including Kuwait, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an advisory Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Kuwait:

Desert Region North of the Mutla’a Ridge and Near the Border with Iraq – Do Not Travel

Desert areas and certain beaches north of the Mutla’a Ridge continue to contain unexploded ordnance left over from the 1990-1991 Gulf War. Travelers should avoid areas that are “off the beaten path” and avoid touching objects that are potentially unexploded ordnance.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh – Exercise Increased Caution

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior has identified the neighborhood of Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh on the outskirts of Kuwait International Airport as a high-crime area.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to information on crime.

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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Intercountry adoptions are not currently possible between Kuwait and the United States.

Hague Convention Information

Kuwaiti laws do not allow for adoption.  Kuwait’s constitution is based on Islamic law, which does not permit adoption. Children determined by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to be orphans are considered to be in the custody of the State of Kuwait. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor can place Kuwaiti orphans under temporary guardianship of willing Kuwaitis; however, the children are not able to be adopted. If you would like additional guidance on Kuwaiti law related to children, please consult a local attorney or adoption agency familiar with laws and regulations regarding adoption and guardianship in Kuwait. Additionally, prospective adoptive parents should refer to our information sheet on Adoption of Children from Countries in which Islamic Shari’a Law is observed for more information.

U.S. citizens interested in taking guardianship of children from Kuwait should contact the guardianship authority of Kuwait to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. Guardianship may support a Form I-600 approval and IR-4 issuance. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Kuwait who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Kuwait’s guardianship authority. See contact information below.

Caution:  Prospective adoptive parents should be aware not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are eligible for adoption.  In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending the child return home when possible.  In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to the adoption of their child(ren).

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Kuwait and the U.S. Embassy Kuwait’s website for information on consular services.

Contact Information

KUWAIT’S GUARDIANSHIP AUTHORITY:
Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor
Department of Family Nursing
Address: Shuwaikh area, Kuwait City
Tel: +(965) 2 24873177 ext.: 129 or 116
POC: Dr. Saad Shabbo (ext. 116) or Rawan Al Sharhan (ext.129)

U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City, Kuwait
Address: Bayan, Block 13
Masjed Al-Aqsa Street
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Tel: +(965) 2259-1001; Emergency: +(965) 2259-1001
Fax: +(965) 2259-1438
Email:  KuwaitIV@state.gov
Internet: https://kw.usembassy.gov/

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
SA-17
Washington, DC 20520
Tel:  1-888-407-4747
E-mail:  Adoption@state.gov
http://adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel:  1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1- 913-214-5808
Email: NBC.Adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov

For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel:  1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet:  uscis.gov

Last Updated: January 10, 2019

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kuwait
Bayan, Block 13,
Masjed Al-Aqsa Street,
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Telephone
+(965) 2259-1001
Emergency
+(965) 2259-1001
Fax
+(965) 2259-1438

Kuwait Map