Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Kuwait. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Travellers should exercise caution at all times. It is hazardous to travel near to the Iraq border. Many unexploded bombs and sand mine booby traps remain in open areas and on the beaches.


Emergency services in Kuwait can be contacted by dialling 777.

There are many government and private medical centres available, with staff and doctors usually speaking English. Foreign residents are entitled to treatment, but must go to the area covered by the particular clinic and have a healthcare card. Private hospitals and physicians charge for services and may not take private health insurance.

Before travelling it would be advisable to discuss health insurance travel with your travel agent and/or medical insurance company. Medical insurance from some insurance companies abroad can be brought into Kuwait.

There are five main hospitals in Kuwait and a number of specialist centres and dental clinics.

Pharmacies are in all areas and at night operate a roster system. The local paper will show opening times and location of operating pharmacies.

The need for vaccinations should be checked with your doctor and Kuwaiti Consulates before travelling.