Country-specific safety information
In view of the general situation in the Near and Middle East, vigilance is also advised in Kuwait. Travelers should appear cautious in public, take into account the religious, political, cultural and social traditions of the country in their behavior and stay away from any demonstrations or protests.
As a country located in Asia according to usaers, Kuwait is the location for a larger US troop presence, which in principle can be the target of terrorist attacks. However, US soldiers rarely show themselves in public outside their military facilities. It is recommended that you stay away from US military facilities.
Travel from Kuwait to Iraq
Reference is made to the Federal Foreign Office’s travel warning, which applies to all of Iraq.
Travelers from Kuwait to southern Iraq must expect the Abdali border crossing to Iraq to be closed without prior notice. A return to Kuwait would then only be possible with a special permit from the Kuwaiti authorities. The border area with Iraq is a restricted military area and cannot be entered without a special permit.
The German embassy in Kuwait can only provide assistance to Germans who find themselves in an emergency in southern Iraq from the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border crossing.
In open areas, especially outside built-up areas, in the desert areas and in remote coastal areas, there is a general risk from mines and other explosive devices dating from the time of the Iraqi invasion. Accidents cannot be ruled out.
In some parts of Kuwait there are occasionally violent demonstrations by the resident “Bidoun” (stateless persons). It is generally advised to stay away from demonstrations and crowds.
1 Kuwaiti dinar = 1000 fils. Currency abbreviation: KD, KWD (ISO code). Banknotes are available in denominations of 20, 10, 5, 1, ½ and ¼ KD; Coins in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 (rare) fils.
Most credit cards are accepted. Details from the issuer of the credit card in question.
ec / Maestro card / Sparcard
cards with the Cirrus or Maestro symbol are accepted in Europe and worldwide, in Kuwait at a few ATMs and in some shops. Further information from banks and credit institutes.
Attention: Travelers who pay with their bank card abroad and want to withdraw money should find out about the possibilities of using their card from their bank before starting their journey.
Bank opening times
Sat-Thu 8 a.m.-12.30 p.m.
Foreign exchange regulations
The Israeli and Iraqi currencies are not exchanged and should not be carried under any circumstances. Money can be changed at the airport as well as in banks and hotels, but the fees are high (banks) and the exchange rates are unfavorable (hotels).
In Kuwait City, boutiques and shops carry common goods as well as many luxury items. Shop opening times: Sa-Thu 8.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.-9 p.m., Fr 3.30 p.m.-8.30 p.m.
There are several cinemas in Kuwait City. Two theaters organize amateur performances. Some night clubs have now reopened.