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Money and duty free for Kuwait

Currency and Money

Currency information

Kuwait Dinar (KWD) = 1,000 fils. Notes are in denominations of KWD20, 10, 5 and 1, and 500 and 250 fils. Coins are in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 fils.

Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

Banking hours

Sun-Thurs 0800-1200/1230.

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding KWD3,000 or equivalent must be declared.

Kuwait duty free


The following goods may be imported into Kuwait without incurring customs duty:
• 400 cigarettes.
• Personal belongings and gifts up to the value of SR3,000.


Banned Imports

Alcohol, drugs, unsealed milk products, unsealed salty fish, unsealed olives and pickles, food prepared abroad, fresh vegetables, shellfish and its products, fresh figs and mineral water.

Penalties for attempting to smuggle restricted items are severe.

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