Common medications such as painkillers, eye drops, and cough medicine are available over the counter. Many anti-depressants, sleeping pills and codeine-based medicines are banned. Oral contraceptive pills, but not the morning-after pill, are available in Kuwait. It's advisable to carry any medications you are dependent on with you, ideally with a letter from your doctor confirming that you need them. Make sure any medication you carry is not banned before you travel to avoid being arrested at customs (contact Kuwait Customs via www.customs.gov.kw) for more information.

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Before You Go

Health Insurance

Health insurance is advisable for travel to Kuwait as medical care is not free for travellers. There are private clinics and hospitals equipped with highly qualified professionals, but it'll cost you.

Recommended Vaccinations

Recommended vaccinations for travel to Kuwait include hepatitis A & B, rabies if you plan on handling animals, and tetanus.

In Kuwait

Availability & Cost of Health Care

There are around 20 hospitals in Kuwait; Al Amiri Hospital & Casualty is the largest, and has an emergency room. Healthcare used to be free for all, now visitors and expats need to be fully insured or they will be lumped with a bill. Medical bills can range from KD100 to hundreds of thousands, depending on the treatment required. If it's not a medical emergency, it may make more financial sense to seek treatment in your home country.

Tap Water

Kuwaiti tap water is safe to drink.