Travel advice for Kuwait.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Kuwait.

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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Banknotes

in local currency

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

Kuwait dinar KWD

Currency exchange rate

KWD 1 = ~ CHF 3.30 ; CHF 1 = ~ KWD 0.30 (07/2020)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Payment by credit card is relatively common. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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Voltage

220/240 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after end of stay with visa (issued upon arrival) and return or onward travel ticket.
It is advisable to be able to produce an invitation from a Kuwaiti sponsor or a hotel reservation.
Passports with Israeli visa (entry stamp) may cause considerable difficulty or denied entry.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Qortuba-Kuwait, Block 2, Street 1, House No. 122
Tel. +965 2534 0172 / +965 2534 0173 / +965 2534 0174 / +965 2534 0175

Opening hours

Banks

8.00 - 13.00 h and 17.30 - 19.30 h (Sun - Wed)
8.00 - 13.00 h (Thu)

Stores

8.30 - 12.30 h and 16.30 - 21.00 h (Sat - Thu)

Driving
  • International driver's licence required for car rentals.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 18 to 25 (varies by company).

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security

  • Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.

  • Travel to border areas with Irak not advised.
    Land mines and unexploded bombs may still be found in the desert and coastal areas. Therefore do not leave the surfaced roads.

Special legal regulations

  • Photographing military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

  • Possession, transportation and consumption of alcohol prohibited.

  • Severe penalties for violations of drug laws (up to life imprisonment/death penalty).

Cultural characteristics
  • Kuwait is a conservative Arab/Moslem country. Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.

  • Ramadan 2019: 05.05. - 04.06.

Time difference with Switzerland

+ 2 h / + 1 h during our summer time

National language

Official language

Arabic

Language capabilities

English

Capital

Kuwait City

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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