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Reviewed: 6 August 2013 08:00 NZDT
Still current at: 06 December 2013
There is some risk to your security in Kuwait due to the threat from civil unrest and terrorism. We advise caution.
Demonstrations in Kuwait have, on occasion, led to violence. Protests took place throughout the country following the December 2012 parliamentary elections. Some of these protests turned violent and police used teargas and stun grenades to disperse protesters. New Zealanders in Kuwait are advised to avoid any demonstrations and political rallies 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.
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 security awareness, particularly in public and commercial areas known to be frequented by Western expatriates or travellers.
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.
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.
During the holy month of Ramadan, New Zealanders travelling to Muslim countries, including Kuwait, should show respect and pay attention to religious and cultural sensitivities. New Zealanders should refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public view during the daytime.
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.
Contact details are
Postal Address Diplomatic Quarter (PO Box 94 397) Riyadh, 11693, Saudi Arabia
Telephone +966 1 488 7988 Facsimile +966 1 488 7912
Office Hours Sat - Wed 0800-1200hrs, 1230-1500hrs