Frequently asked questions
Can I use my bank card in Kuwait?
You’ll be able to use your debit or credit card in most restaurants and cafés across Kuwait,
though some shops might not accept foreign cards.
If you’re shopping in a local bazaar, it’s worth having some cash on hand for smaller purchases.
ATMs typically charge for cash withdrawals, so make sure you pick up your travel money before you go.
You can convert your GBP to KWD with our currency converter.
How expensive is Kuwait?
Kuwait is one of the more expensive destinations in the Middle East. You can expect to spend
more on accommodation, food, and entertainment. So you may need to either bring more travel
money or budget your expenses. Using local transport, staying in guest houses, and shopping in
local bazaars can help lower your holiday costs. For more budgeting advice, read our
holiday planning tips.
Can you use other currencies in Kuwait?
The Kuwaiti dinar is the only currency you’ll be able to use in Kuwait.
Do you need a visa to visit Kuwait?
British citizens need a visa to enter Kuwait.
You can either plan and apply for an E-visa before travelling, or apply for a visa
when you land in Kuwait. At the airport, immigration authorities might ask to see proof of:
- a return ticket
- a sponsor letter
- a hotel booking confirmation
Immigration authorities may also deny you entry if you’ve previously been to Israel.
You should always research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.
Other passport holders should check the entry requirements with your country’s embassy.
What languages are spoken in Kuwait?
Arabic is the official language of Kuwait, but you can expect to hear different languages
in this multi-ethnic nation.
English is widely spoken and understood, especially in the business and tourism sectors.
If you’re lost or need a translation, you should be able to find someone who can help.
Besides Arabic and English, you may also hear:
What is the latest government travel advice for Kuwait?
Kuwait is a small nation and has fewer British tourists than other Middle Eastern countries.
It’s a good idea to know any entry requirements or local laws before heading off.
The state religion of Kuwait is Islam and many Kuwaiti people will observe Ramadan.
Out of respect, you should avoid eating or drinking in public spaces from morning until sunset.
You should also cover your arms and legs when you’re out and about during the holy month.
You can also visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
for the latest government travel advice for Kuwait.
What’s the best time of year to visit Kuwait?
The best time to visit Kuwait is during the cooler months, which span from November to March.
The temperatures are warm and pleasant, making this time perfect for outdoor activities like dune bashing.
Kuwaiti summers are extremely hot, and temperatures can reach up to 50C. This intense heat and humidity
can make travel and outdoor activities very challenging. If you plan to explore Kuwait during summer,
be prepared for the heat and explore travel insurance options before you go.
Sunburn and heatstroke can require an expensive trip to the hospital. Travel insurance can
cover the cost so you’re not out of pocket.
Should you tip in Kuwait?
In most businesses in Kuwait, you won’t be expected to tip. Some upmarket restaurants may add a
10% or 20% service charge to your bill, but other restaurants won’t.
If you’ve had exceptional service, adding a 10% tip is a great way to show your thanks.
Taxi drivers and hotel attendants will appreciate small tips of about 5 dinars.