Buy Kuwaiti dinar online

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Why buy Kuwaiti dinar from M&S Bank?

If you are planning a trip to Kuwait, we offer a number of benefits when you buy Kuwaiti dinar from M&S Bank.

  • Our stores are open 7 days a week
  • Buy Kuwaiti dinar online and collect from your local Bureau de Change
  • Exchange any leftover currency when you return using our buy back service

Click and Collect Kuwaiti dinar

KWD Kuwaiti dinar exchange rate

The exchange rate may differ depending on the day you order your currency.

Find today's Kuwaiti dinar exchange rate here. Or use our Kuwaiti dinar converter to see how much you could get for your pound.

How to sell back Kuwaiti dinar

Do you have left over Kuwaiti dinar from your recent trip? We can buy back foreign currency from you.

How to order Kuwaiti dinar

Our in-store and online services make ordering your Kuwaiti dinar simple:

  • Order your Kuwaiti dinar online with our Click & Collect currency service. Choose your collection date and collect from your local Bureau de Change.
  • Or visit your local Bureau de Change to buy Kuwaiti dinar*. You can find our Bureaux de Change in M&S stores nationwide. Many are open seven days a week late into the evening, so you can buy your Kuwaiti dinar at a time that suits you.

Countries that accept Kuwaiti dinar

The Kuwaiti dinar is the official currency of the State of Kuwait, more commonly known as Kuwait.

The dinar is also the currency unit of a few Balkan and Middle Eastern countries. However, you’ll only be able to use the Kuwaiti dinar within Kuwait.

Why visit Kuwait?

Kuwait is renowned for its bustling bazaars, which offer an array of traditional crafts, aromatic spices, and exquisite jewellery. If you’re a thrill-seeker, you can explore the Arabian desert or spend the day quad biking through the dunes. No matter what you’re after, there are plenty of things to do in Kuwait.

Whatever you plan on doing, bring enough Kuwaiti dinar with you. Kuwait is one of the most expensive countries in the Gulf region, and everyday expenses can quickly add up.

To help you plan, you can use our currency converter to find out how much Kuwaiti dinar your money will buy.

Kuwaiti dinar facts and history

The Kuwaiti dinar has been Kuwait’s official currency since 1961, replacing the Gulf rupee. The country briefly used the Iraqi dinar in 1990 but used the Kuwaiti dinar from 1991 onwards. Today, the Kuwaiti dinar is the strongest currency in the world thanks to a stable economy and strong oil exports. The dinar is divided into 1,000 fils and comes in different denominations.

Coins include:

  • 5 fils
  • 10 fils
  • 20 fils
  • 50 fils
  • 100 fils

Banknotes include:

  • KWD0.25
  • KWD0.50
  • KWD1
  • KWD5
  • KWD10
  • KWD20

You can buy Kuwaiti dinar online using our Click & Collect service.

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:

  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • Bengali
  • Tagalog

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.

Important documents

M&S Travel Money Terms and Conditions (opens in a new window)

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Other popular currencies

If you are planning a future holiday or a trip that takes in multiple destinations, these other currencies may be useful:

Jordanian dinar
Swedish krona
Norwegian krone

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† Subject to store opening hours