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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 due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine.  Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Kuwait. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions 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

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

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.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No

Hague Convention Information

Kuwaiti laws do not allow for adoption, and, as such, there are no agencies in Kuwait that facilitate adoptions.  Kuwait’s constitution is based on Islamic law, which does not permit adoption. Children determined by the Ministry of Social Affairs to be orphans are considered to be in the custody of the State of Kuwait (Ministry of Social Affairs). There are no non-Kuwaiti orphans.  The Ministry of Social Affairs can place Kuwaiti orphans under temporary guardianship of willing Kuwaiti citizens under certain conditions (e.g., the guardians must be Muslim); however, the children are not able to be adopted, and they remain under guardianship until they are adults. If you would like additional guidance on Kuwaiti law related to guardianship, please consult a local attorney familiar with laws and regulations regarding 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.

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-600A application or a Form I-600 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: April 20, 2021

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