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Foreign Exchange Guide to Kuwait

Read this currency guide to Kuwait with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/KWD=0.3028]

Country Code:
Domestic Currency:
Kuwaiti Dinar
Symbol - Code:
د.ك KWD
Telephone Prefix:

This is a foreign exchange guide to Kuwait, the Kuwaiti Dinar currency plus KWD transfers and travel tips.

In this Kuwait currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Kuwaiti Dinar info - general info about the Kuwaiti Dinar
  2. Kuwaiti Dinar in the markets - recent KWD moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Kuwait - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Kuwaiti Dinar cash online - travel money for Kuwait
  5. Sending money to Kuwait - save on Kuwaiti Dinar bank transfers to Kuwait
  6. Kuwaiti Dinar exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD) general currency information

What is the Kuwaiti Dinar currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Kuwaiti Dinar is KWD and the symbol is د.ك.

Which countries use the Kuwaiti Dinar?

It is the domestic currency in Kuwait.

Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to KWD exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.

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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Kuwait


Getting around in Kuwait.

Kuwait’s transport network is almost entirely contained within Kuwait City. Moreover, due to its size, all transport is road-based in the country, with buses providing the only form of public transport. The bus network in Kuwait is generally cheap and efficient, though don’t expect to be dropped off at any any major visitor attraction, as the network was designed with locals in mind. The majority of routes are run by the Kuwait Public Transport Company (KPTC) which has services going all over the county, as well as into other Gulf states. The KPTC also runs a ferry service to Failaka Island, a popular day trip for locals and tourists alike, which leaves daily from Ras Salmiya.

Unusual vehicle patterns and unconventional driving habits usually make tourists choose not to rent a car in Kuwait. Kuwaiti driving is some of the worst in the world, and is the biggest killer in Kuwait. Hire a driver or get to know a good local taxi driver. While the roads are good in Kuwait, the driving skills and level of respect for road rules may not match those from other countries. The good news is that taxis are very reasonably priced. A taxi from the airport is about KD6 (approx U$20).

Local laws and traditions in Kuwait.

Kuwait is a Muslim country and while not as conservative as many of its Gulf neighbours, you should behave and dress in a respectful way.

Respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas. Also, as Kuwait was part of the Gulf War, which was not all that long ago there are still unexploded munitions, including landmines in many rural areas, at beaches and recreational sites. Do not stray from well-travelled roads, stay on clearly identifiable tracks, and exercise great care, because there is a danger of unexploded ordnance even if an area has been officially cleared.

In terms of weather and environmental concerns, sand and dust storms occur regularly and flooding is not uncommon. Being a Gulf state Kuwait often experiences extremely high temperatures.


Travel money for Kuwait


Save money and time by Ordering your Kuwaiti Dinar online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the KWD cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Kuwaiti Dinar otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


Kuwait Trip Checklist    

  1. Compare KWD travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Kuwait
  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Kuwait

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Kuwait you need to start with finding out the latest Kuwaiti Dinar foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Kuwait

When sending money to Kuwait it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Kuwaiti Dinar amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted KWD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Kuwait.

Use our Send to KWD calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Kuwaiti Dinar deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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Major KWD cross rates

KWD/USD - Kuwaiti Dinar to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Sep 20183.30101 Week
17 Aug 20183.29441 Month
20 Mar 20183.33246 Months
16 Sep 20173.31911 Year
16 Sep 20163.31832 Years
17 Sep 20133.52055 Years
18 Sep 20083.742510 Years

KWD/EUR - Kuwaiti Dinar to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Sep 20182.85541 Week
17 Aug 20182.87711 Month
20 Mar 20182.72076 Months
16 Sep 20172.77871 Year
16 Sep 20162.97372 Years
17 Sep 20132.63585 Years
18 Sep 20082.603910 Years

KWD/GBP - Kuwaiti Dinar to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Sep 20182.55321 Week
17 Aug 20182.58341 Month
20 Mar 20182.37966 Months
16 Sep 20172.44241 Year
16 Sep 20162.55212 Years
17 Sep 20132.21325 Years
18 Sep 20082.056610 Years

KWD/JPY - Kuwaiti Dinar to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Sep 2018366.17391 Week
17 Aug 2018364.04521 Month
20 Mar 2018354.81536 Months
16 Sep 2017367.94151 Year
16 Sep 2016339.42222 Years
17 Sep 2013348.98365 Years
18 Sep 2008393.075910 Years

KWD/AUD - Kuwaiti Dinar to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Sep 20184.64021 Week
17 Aug 20184.50271 Month
20 Mar 20184.33386 Months
16 Sep 20174.14731 Year
16 Sep 20164.42922 Years
17 Sep 20133.76495 Years
18 Sep 20084.666910 Years

KWD/CAD - Kuwaiti Dinar to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Sep 20184.34811 Week
17 Aug 20184.30241 Month
20 Mar 20184.35716 Months
16 Sep 20174.04841 Year
16 Sep 20164.38272 Years
17 Sep 20133.62695 Years
18 Sep 20083.988710 Years