Safir Palace Riggae

PO Box 1332, Ardiyah, 92400, Kuwait
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Forum Posts

credit card fraud in Kuwait

by kraxlhuber

I have a current account with NBK bank in Kuwait
My debit card was suddently blocked I could not withdraw money overseas from a ATM machine.
Logging on to the website
Watani did deny me access ,saying the pin number is invalid
Has anybody had have such problem

Re: credit card fraud in Kuwait

by leics

If you do not tell your bank that you will be travelling abroad it is not unusual for ATM access to be blocked as a precaution against fraud (of which there is a massive amount world-wide).

It is possible that this is what has happened to you. Once the PIN is blocked at an ATM you cannot use it anywhere else.

If you did notify our bank that you would be abraod there may be a technical fault, or there may be other concerns about fraudulent use of your card.

You need to contact your bank by phone to set up a new PIN and/or free up access to your account.

Re: credit card fraud in Kuwait

by serdago

I think it will be wise to have two crads from two diferent banks, in case one cancelled . also it be good idea to take cash with you in US dollare , Euros and Yen , just in case.

Re: credit card fraud in Kuwait

by GrumpyDiver

Banks use automated systems to try to detect fraud. If they see use patterns that are inconsistent with your normal use, they will block.

Calling ahead (I always do) may help, but only if a human operator intervenes.

Re: credit card fraud in Kuwait

by leics

Calling ahead helps in that when and if your card is blocked it is considerably speedier to get it unblocked. There will be a note on your personal info screen which says you are abroad.

It won't stop any initial blocking which, as noted, is automatic, is usually triggered by a change in behaviour pattern (e.g. using a card abroad) but may also just occur at random (so I have been informed by my bank).

Travel Tips for Kuwait

On arrival visa

by george5b

Nationals of 34 countries can now recieve a visa valid up to 3 months on arrival at Kuwait International Airport. The nationalites are : EU-15, Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, USA and Vatican City.
The process is pretty simple. On arrival don't follow all the other people downstairs but rather go left following the sign "Visa Counter". Hand over your passport and pay the fee of 5 KWD. Your passport will be stamped and you will recieve an A4 sheet of paper (your visa). You can now go downstairs, bypass the queues and go straight to the luggage collection caroussels.

Kuwaiti Parties

by mikey_e

Kuwaitis are not known to be a partying type of people in the Western sense of the word (i.e. you will not find any bars or clubs here, not least because of the total ban on alcohol), but that doesn't mean that they don't enjoy themselves. In Kuwait, a social gathering generally entails lots and lots of delicious food. If it is a really big, possible traditional, gathering, it might also mean a camel will be cooked up too. In all, if you are invited to a Kuwaiti festivity, don't eat for a good 6 hours before going, and look forward to a pretty extravagant feast. It is something that shouldn't be missed. The same goes for the roast camel, which is a tastier version of beef. Activities might also include things like skeet shooting and falconry, depending on the type of hosts and the area available (as in the West, you will only shoot in an open space and not in the city).

Az Zour Beach

by Levente_D

It's a place where expats are going for having a nice weekend on the beach. The beach itself is a bit dirty because many people leave their trash from the bbq parties there but the water is great and usually not to many locals are steering at you just because you enjoy the water as you use to do it outside the arabic world!

Mubarakiyya Garden

by mikey_e

This little garden is just off from the souq's restaurant section, next to the mosque. It is not a large park, but is a nice green break from the usual concrete of the city. The little garden has a few palm trees and some shrubs that help to block off the noise and distraction of the market. I didn't spend all that much time here, but I did always think that it went a long way to making the cafeteria area much more relaxing.

Coffee and People Watching in Kuwait City

by kuwait_david about Starbucks

If you want to grab a quick lunch or a cup of coffee and watch the world go by this is the place to be. The usual Starbucks fare is great all over the world. The huge car park outside is a hang out place for every Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Hummer at the weekends, and inside Starbucks is every girl dressed up in the latest fashion pretending not to be interested in the guys and their cars. There are also two meeting rooms that can be booked if you have some business to do as well as wireless internet.

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