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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 bombs and landmines.
  • 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 Near the Border with Iraq

Desert areas and certain beaches near north of the Mutla’a Ridge continue to contain unexploded bombs and landmines 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 bombs or landmines.

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.  Violent crime, such as assault, armed robbery, and sexual assault, in Al Jahra is common.

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.  Violent crime, such as assault, armed robbery, and sexual assault, in Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh is common.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

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Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
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Hague Convention Information

Kuwait is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the Government of Kuwait: 

Kuwait laws do not allow for adoption. Kuwait’s constitution is based on Islamic law, and as a result, adoption is not permitted. 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.

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

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.

KUWAIT’S GUARDIANSHIP AUTHORITY:
Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor 
+965-2248-0000

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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
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