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Kuwait International Airport is long overdue for an upgrade. Visas are obtained from a counter on the upper storey of the airport (take a ticket and wait), and then you descend to passport control and baggage claim. Given the limited attractions of the airport and the heavy smoking of regional users, waiting around for a flight can seem like a long time.

Kuwait has a no-frills private carrier called Jazeera Airways ( with flights to 30 destinations within the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.


Border Crossings

Kuwait has borders with Iraq (currently closed to visitors) and Saudi Arabia. The crossings with Saudi Arabia are at Al Nuwaisib (for Dammam) and Al Salmy (for Riyadh). You must have a valid visa for Saudi Arabia or a transit visa, an onward ticket and a visa for your next destination beyond Saudi’s borders before you can cross the border. You cannot obtain these at the border.


Speedboat services leave from Shuwaikh Port for the five-hour trip to Manama in Bahrain. The easiest way to book tickets for these services is through one of the city travel agents.

The Combined Shipping Company operates a return service twice a week from Kuwait’s Shuwaikh Port to the Iranian port of Bushehr. Prices vary depending on the seasons. You can book online at