Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 5 July 2016, 16:48 NZST
  • Still current at: 25 September 2017

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in Kuwait due to the threat from terrorism and potential for civil unrest and we advise caution. 

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There is an ongoing threat from terrorism in Kuwait. On 26 June 2015, an attack at a mosque in the al-Sawabir area of Kuwait City killed at least 26 people and injured several hundred others. Further attacks on places of worship are possible. 

Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. These include references to attacks on Western interests, including residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests.  

New Zealanders in Kuwait are advised to maintain a high level of personal security awareness, particularly in public and commercial areas known to be frequented by Western expatriates or travellers. 

Civil unrest
Demonstrations in Kuwait take place occasionally and are normally peaceful.  Protests have sometimes led to violence with police using tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protestors. New Zealanders in Kuwait are advised to avoid demonstrations as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. We recommend monitoring events through local media and adhering to any instructions issued by the local authorities.      

Unexploded landmines and munitions from the 1991 Gulf War still present a hazard in Kuwait. We advise you not to stray off well-used roads and paths as mined areas are often unmarked. 

Maritime travel
Travellers entering the Gulf area by sea should be aware that many areas of the Gulf are highly sensitive, including near maritime boundaries and the islands of Bubiyan and Warbah in the northern Gulf and Abu Musa and the Tunbs in the southern Gulf. Vessels entering these areas have been detained and inspected. Mariners are advised to make thorough enquiries with local authorities before entering these waters or considering port stop-overs. 

General travel advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Kuwait to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour. 

New Zealanders travelling or living in Kuwait should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. 

New Zealanders in Kuwait are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is accredited to Kuwait

Street Address Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Postal Address PO Box 94 397, Riyadh, 11693, Saudi Arabia Telephone +966 1 1 4887735 Fax +966 1 488 7912 Email Web Site Hours Sun - Thurs 0800 - 1200hrs, 1230 -1500hrs

See our regional advice for the Middle East

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Saudi Arabia

Street Address
Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: +966 1 1 4887735

Fax: +966 1 488 7912



Hours: Sun - Thurs 0800 - 1200hrs, 1230 -1500hrs

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