Country: Kuwait is an Arab country in Western Asia. It is located on the northeastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula at the tip of the Persian Gulf. It shares borders with Iraq to the north and Saudi Arabia to the south. In Arabic, Kuwait means “fortress.” It has a population of approximately 2.6 million. The capital is Kuwait City and Arabic is the main language spoken.
To access emergency services: Dial 112
Currency: Kuwaiti dinar (KWD)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Kuwait, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in a Kuwaiti hospital: Health care services are available in Kuwait from both public and private health care providers. Primary health care is provided by a network of clinics and polyclinics, which are usually found in community centers, often near the local co-op supermarket. These clinics deal with preliminary examinations and routine matters and, when necessary, patients are referred to hospital specialists.
Non-resident patients may visit any of these public clinics, whereas residents may only visit the public clinics located in their neighborhood of residence. U.S. citizens will need to bring their original passport and original Kuwait visa, and pay a small fee (between KD 1 and KD 5). Many physicians and other health care providers speak English and Arabic.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Kuwait: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Kuwait-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.