Market overview

All curfews across Kuwait were lifted on 30 August, ending one of the world's longest continuous periods of COVID-19 curfew with full or partial measures having been in place since 22 March.

The government is yet to announce the start of phase five of its national reopening plan, which will see public and private sector workers returning to the office in full capacity.

Under current guidelines, workers must maintain a 2-metre distance and wear face masks at all times in workplaces. Eating and drinking is also forbidden at workplaces and physical contact between employees and visitors must be reduced.

Around 90,000 teachers returned to classrooms across Kuwait on 1 September. The Ministry of Education has taken into consideration health and safety measures to ensure staff health. The academic year 2020/21 will begin on 4 October.

Government support

Kuwait's central bank has announced a stimulus package to support vital sectors and SMEs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The package enables banks to exercise their vital role in boosting economic growth through financing businesses and clients who need liquidity to continue their activities. It makes available US$16.5 billion for additional lending from local banks.

Supply chain, logistics and freight

Kuwait is currently accepting electronic copies of the Certificate of Origin in lieu of original papers.

Sea and air ports are receiving shipments round the clock, and customs and airport officials are on duty 24/7. Food and medicines are considered high-priority for rapid Customs clearance, albeit with no defined timeframe.

Egypt Air, Emirates, Cargolux, DHL, Qatar Airways, Silkway, Kuwait Airways and ABS Jet are still operating in Kuwait.

Additional resources

Below you can find information and contact details for other New Zealand government and international agencies regarding their response to COVID-19.

New Zealand Government agencies

COVID-19 helpline for businesses
New Zealand Customs
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
New Zealand Export Credit (NZEC)
MFAT Export Helpline
MFAT Safetravel
Callaghan Innovation
Ministry of Health
WorkSafe New Zealand

Global agencies

World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Contact NZTE

We're available to talk to you about any issues your export business is facing due to COVID-19.

For existing NZTE customers, please contact your New Zealand-based Customer Manager.

If you're unsure who to contact or haven't worked with us before, you can call NZTE on 0800 555 888 or email below and one of our Customer Advisors will help you.