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Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
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.
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.
U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
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.
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’sCountry Specific Informationfor 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
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
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
For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Last Updated: January 10, 2019
Assistance for U.S. Citizens
U.S. Embassy Kuwait
Bayan, Block 13, Masjed Al-Aqsa Street, Kuwait City, Kuwait
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