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is a sovereign Arab state situated in the north-east of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south at Khafji, and Iraq to the north at Basra. It lies on the north-western shore of the Persian Gulf. The name Kuwait is derived from the Arabic أكوات ākwāt, the plural of كوت kūt, meaning a fortress built near water. The country covers an area of 17,820 square kilometers (6,880 sq mi) and has a population of about 3.5 million. Historically, the region was the site of Characene, a major Parthian port for trade between Mesopotamia and India. The Bani Utbah tribe were the first permanent Arab settlers in the region, and laid the foundation of the modern emirate. By the 19th century, Kuwait came under the influence of the Ottoman Empire, and after World War I, it emerged as an independent sheikhdom under the protection of the British Empire. Kuwait's large oil fields were discovered in the late 1930s. After Kuwait gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1961, the state's oil industry saw unprecedented economic growth. In 1990, Kuwait was invaded and annexed by neighboring Iraq. The seven month-long Iraqi occupation came to an end after a direct military intervention by United States-led forces. Around 773 Kuwaiti oil wells were set ablaze by the retreating Iraqi army resulting in a major environmental and economic catastrophe. Kuwait's infrastructure was badly damaged during the war and had to be rebuilt. Kuwait is a constitutional emirate with a parliamentary system of government, with Kuwait City serving as the country's political and economic capital. The country has the world's fifth largest oil reserves and petroleum products now account for nearly 95% of export revenues, and 80% of government income. Kuwait is the eleventh richest country in the world per capita. In 2007, it had the highest human development index (HDI) in the Arab world. Kuwait is classified as a high income economy by the World Bank and is designated as a major non-NATO ally of the United States.

Currency Kuwait Dinar (KWD)
Country code 00965
Spoken languages ​​ arabic

Passport: needed (which has a residual validity of at least six months at the time of entry into the country). For any changes related to the survival of the Passport you should request to be informed beforehand at the Embassy or Consulate of the country present in Italy or at your travel agent.


The health situation is generally good; the facilities and medical care are at a good level. There are no special vaccinations are recommended for the stay in the country. There is no fix for sanitary repatriations, which require high costs. In early 2007 there were some isolated cases (animals and never human) of infection from H5N1 avian influenza. The situation is always under careful control by local health authorities. If you have any advice please see the brochure "avian influenza: risks, preventive measures and information" on the home page of this site. More information can also be found at its ASL or on the website of the Ministry of health. In May 2009 the Kuwait has adopted strict prevention measures at the airport in order to limit the spread of the H1N1 strain virus (Influenza type A or "swine"), attenuated in autumn and the beginning of 2010 in fact disapplied. Warnings. It is recommended therefore to travelling having international insurance coverage for medical expenses and for the eventual repatriation of the aircraft. When visiting countries, characterized by high temperatures is always good food and hygiene measures.


The mobile operators are: Watanya and Zain (formerly MTC). From 2009 a third operator is active (Viva).


Is very hot (35-50 degrees) from June to September; autumnal weather from November to March.


Licence International (mod.1949 Geneva Convention or Vienna 1968). Customs documents The carnet is required by Customs passage for vehicles imported temporarily. Car insurance Since the Italian insurance is not valid in Kuwait, it is necessary to take out a short-term policy at the border for Al-Salmi or Al-Nuwasseb.

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