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Kuwait

Kuwait
State of Kuwait
Exercise normal precautions in Kuwait. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Exercise normal precautions in Kuwait. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

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

Exercise Increased Caution:

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

Read the Safety and Security section on 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

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.

Al Jahra

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior has identified the City of Al Jahra northwest of Kuwait City on the 6th Ring Road as a high-crime area. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh

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. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

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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