Travel Guide to Kuwait

Indian Embassy in Kuwait

Address: Diplomatic Enclave، Arabian Gulf St, Safat 13015, Kuwait

Contact Number: +965 2253 0600

Visa Process

The following documents are required to get a visa to Kuwait

  • The applicant should have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of stamping the visa
  • One visa form along with a photocopy of the same size
  • One passport-size photograph
  • Air tickets
  • Indian passport holders are required to get an "Emigration Clearance" from the office of Protector of Emigrants (POE), Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs for travelling to Kuwait

About Kuwait

Kuwait is one of the seven Arab states attached to the Persian Gulf. Most of the famous places in Kuwait boast of a rich cultural heritage display and modernity in architecture. There are skyscrapers, brilliantly built Kuwait Towers and the very popular-Water Towers with a design similar to tiled domes like in a classic mosque.

How to Reach from India?

Kuwait’s only airport is the Kuwait International Airport. Further, Kuwait Airlines is the national carrier of Kuwait, and from Delhi, the airlines operate direct flights to Kuwait. Similarly, from Mumbai, both Kuwait Airlines and Jet Airways operate their direct flights to Kuwait.

Here are a few must places in Kuwait:

Among the first places to visit in Kuwait is the Tareq Rajab Museum, which is architecturally extensive and historically brilliant with a huge collection of work of Islamic Art and ethnographic artefacts.

When here, visit the town of Jahrah on the north side to see through the state’s history. Another Kuwait City point of interest is- Salmiya. It is a popular tourist site for its beaches and high-end properties.

Kuwait Tower is a landmark destination comprising of two major towers set in 1979 and one minor tower. The Liberation Tower is the second tallest tower in the state and symbolises liberation and the country’s resurgence.

More things to do in Kuwait include the beachside attractions including beach clubs. Failaka Island is on the north side coast of Persian Gulf and is barely 20 km from the main city. Tourists flock here for enjoyment and pleasure at the waterside. Green Island is a perfect place to relax and spend time at leisure. To enjoy the natural spectacle, visit the small sandy island called Kubbar Island.

Dhow harbour is to pay a port visit, and a lot of time can be spent here observing the old ship models which were once used for fishing, pearl diving and coastal trading purposes.

Then, there is Doha Village for tourists who are keen to explore the trading history of this Arab state in all its past glory.

Kuwait's Grand Mosque, also known as Al-Masjid Al-Kabir, is situated in the heart of the city and a great place to be. It retains the essence of traditional Islamic Architecture and is officially the largest mosque in Kuwait.

Another interesting Kuwait city’s point of interest is the- House of Mirrors or the Hall of Mirrors. It is an art treasure trove and the fact that it is so approachable by the public, makes it one of the must things to do in Kuwait.

Absolute Royalty can be experienced during the visit to Seif Palace. There is Sadu House located next to the Kuwait Nation Museum. The Sadu has an impressive art collection and is officially called an artistic house or museum.

The fun things to do in Kuwait is the amusement park visit, or a visit to the Entertainment City, the equivalent of the Disneyland here. Another leisurely destination is the Al-Sha'ab Leisure Park. It is an amusement park meant for all age groups.

How to Reach

Kuwait has a fully-sketched and a very reliable road network. It has no trains, and the public transport options are therefore limited to buses and taxis plying on the road.

The last-mile connectivity from the bus stop to reach the final mark needs to be dealt with. Usually, it is a 10-minute walk from the bus stop to the exact spot of tourist interest. One must use the private bus transport services in Kuwait, specifically the Kuwait & Gulf Link Transport Company (KGL TC), the most reputed of all.

For state transport, there are two prime public buses, the city bus and the KPTC bus. Local taxis do not have a metre installation.

To reach the popular tourist destinations like Seif palace, next to Grand Mosque and National Museum, its visitors must use the public transport access. Right opposite the National Museum is the Grand Mosque which can be accessed by using the best means of public transport.

Those who have hired a car need to be aware of the fact that the car park station is bound by opening and closing times. Sadu house is situated opposite to the National Museum too.

Best time to Visit (seasons, events)

November to April is peak tourist season in Kuwait.

The city is very hot and humid in the summers. Thus, a visit from April to September means a bright sun and the scorching heat. November is the time when the maximum temperature will not go above 18 degrees, making it an ideal visit to Kuwait for the beach and other outdoor activities.

Plan a visit in February as in this month, two big local events are held. First is Hala Festival, a multi-cultural festival with shopping extravaganzas. The other is the National Day Celebrations to commemorate the foundation of Kuwait in 1961 on 25th February. It is a country-wide celebration and a big public affair where people meet to eat, socialise and enjoy the merry-go-round.

Camel Racing is another important event held between November and February on a 7-km track in Al-Jahra.

What to Pack?

If on a business meeting, make note that the business attire in Kuwait is conservative. At least initially, men must wear fine-quality, lightweight, conservative suits style.

Women must not wear revealing, skimpy or tight-fitting clothing. Skirts covering the knee can be worn with quarter sleeves, necked-up blouse or top.

Carry your sun-beat essentials like sunscreen, sun umbrella, sunglasses, etc. While packing, don’t forget travel insurance . Unforeseen events, like accidents, ailments, loss of passport, baggage loss, etc.; do not come with prior notice. Therefore, it is essential to buy travel insurance which ensures that your travel plans remain intact.

Top Delicacies

Machboos- a basmati rice palate preparation with garnishing using spices, chicken or mutton.

Seafood-fish is by far the most popular and the hamour (grouper) is used in biryani dressing. Other local fish delicacies include Zbaidi, sobaity (bream) and safi (rabbitfish).

Iranian khubz- the large traditional flatbread baked in a special oven and topped with sesame seeds. It is commonly served with mahyawa fish sauce.

Balaleet- is sweet saffron noodles dressed with an omelette on top.

Bayth elgitta- it is a fried cookie with crushed ground nuts and powdered sugar fills.

Jireesh (Yireesh)- a mash consisting of chicken, lamb, tomatoes and garnished with local spices.

Khabeesa – a sweet dish prepared by using flour and oil.

Indian Restaurants in Kuwait

  • Ginger Leaf at Salmiya, Salmiya, Hawalli Governorate, Kuwait. Contact the restaurant at +965 2572 2223
  • Asha's Marina Crescent at Marina Crescent | Salmiya, Kuwait City 13002, Kuwait. Contact the restaurant at +965 2208 1122
  • Mughal Mahal at Sharq, Kuwait City, Kuwait. Contact the restaurant at +965 2242 5131

Shopping List Essentials

Kuwait’s has a list of traditional souks serving its visitors with spices, antiques, clothing, and carpets. The gold souk has traditional jewellery, and gold bars are sold at a negotiable price. The gold in Kuwait has a certificate of authenticity.

The Friday market called Haraj is a must visit for good deals in antiques and furniture, carpets, and clothing, etc. Tourists here can buy gizmos and electronics which are cheap and are mostly offered on discount at big stores during May and November.


Healthcare Centers

Hadi Clinic

Bouhamra Clinic

HTC Clinic

YIACO Medical Center

In case of any medical emergency, you can contact your travel insurance company who would help you in getting proper medical treatment. Your medical expenses will be paid by travel insurance company.

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Basics of Local Communication

Most road/street signs are in English and Arabic. The official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken. You will find people conversing in Farsi, or Urdu.

Kuwaitis are very hospitable, and in that sense, it is important to acknowledge their hospitality. Never say a ‘no’ to a Kuwaiti when being hosted for lunch or dinner. Also, behave as per their cultural norms. Here are some Arabic words and their meaning in English.

  • Yes: naäam
  • No: laa
  • Thank you: shukran
  • I am sorry: arjuu almaädhira
  • Good night: tuSbiH äalaa khayr

Women and men don’t socialise in/with the public. Therefore, the greeting between men and women rarely happen. It is usually of the same sex members. They socialise in their homes or restaurants. Their greeting process involves conversations about health, family, mutual friends and regarding general interest matters.

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The following medical expenses are covered: 

  • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

What is a deductible?

“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
  • Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
  • Treatment which could be reasonably delayed until the Insured’s return to India, which will be decided jointly by the treating Physician and the Emergency Assistance Service Provider and shall be in accordance with accepted standards of medical care.
  • The Insured taking part in naval, military or air force operations; war and nuclear perils.
  • Insured engaging in air travel unless he or she flies as a Fare Paying passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers.
  • Participation of the Insured in winter sports, mountaineering and such other professional sports or any other hazardous or potentially dangerous sport for which the Insured members are adequately trained, physically fit and using proper equipment. and that too only if specifically agreed and mentioned in the policy schedule.
  • Hazardous occupation, or if engaged in any criminal or illegal act.
  • Medical Expenses in respect of Experimental, investigational or unproven treatments or treatments which are not consistent with or incidental to the diagnosis and treatment of the positive existence or presence of any Illness for which confinement is required at a Hospital. Any Illness or treatment which is a result or a consequence of undergoing such experimental or unproven treatment.
  • Naturopathy treatment.
  • Non Allopathic treatment e.g. - Ayurvedic, Yogic, Homeopathic, Unani treatment(s).
  • Under no circumstances shall this insurance contract be deemed to provide cover and no liability be incurred to pay any claim or provide any benefit hereunder to the extent that the provision of such cover, payment of such claim or provision of such benefit would expose us to any sanction, prohibition, or restriction under United Nations resolutions or the trade or economic sanctions, laws or regulations of the European Union, United Kingdom, United States of America & India

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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption

Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.

Trip Delay

 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.





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