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SIM Cards in Kuwait: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

Kuwait – known for its incredible cityscape, producing oil, andstarting for, perhaps the most fun one, camel racing.

The country also has fun beaches.

But what else can you do in Kuwait?

You can enjoy an incredible view from the Kuwait Towers.

If you are not into heights, perhaps a stroll through the Al Shaheed Park will be enjoyable.

Or you can visit plenty of museums and cultural centers, including the Kuwait National Museum or Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Center.

Honestly, there is no reason to be bored in Kuwait, I would say.

Do note that Kuwait is not the cheapest travel destination out there.

So any way to save some cash is always a good idea.

One way to save money is by getting a Kuwait SIM card instead of roaming internationally. Roaming can be expensive.

However, local SIM cards allow you to enjoy local rates, which are almost always lower than international roaming rates.

So, how expensive are SIM cards in Kuwait?

Kuwaiti SIM cards are available from 5 KWD (Ooredoo & Zain – 16.20 USD), 6 KWD (19.45 USD) all the way up to 85 KWD (Ooredoo 1 year SIM with data and minutes – 275.25 USD) in their stores. Starter SIM cards often include credit, data & minutes. SIM cards are also sold at Kuwait International Airport.

Okay, those are not the cheapest SIM card prices out there (in fact, they are above average).

At least these starter SIM cards include benefits.

But, what if I told you that the average cost of 1 GB of data is less than 1 USD in Kuwait?

Shocking, right!? Especially because you have to hand over some serious cash for starter kits.

But that is because the Kuwaiti mobile operators are GENEROUS with their data allowances.

More than one mobile operator offers a plan with 1 TB – that is 1024 GB!

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Kuwait. Let’s do this.

Buying a SIM Card in Kuwait Guide (logos of Zain, STC & Ooredoo)

Original publication: 25th of December 2019. Last updated: 2nd of March 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in Kuwait?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Kuwait, I recommend going with Zain or Ooredoo. Zain is, overall, the best mobile operator in the country. Ooredoo has the fastest speeds.

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So, which other SIM cards are available in Kuwait?

Kuwait has three mobile operators offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • Zain Kuwait
  • Ooredoo Kuwait
  • STC Kuwait (Formerly VIVA Kuwait)
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This guide sticks to the mobile operators only (bolded above) to prevent information overload (at least, that is the aim – this guide is still in-depth!).

Anyone 18 or older living in or visiting Kuwait can buy a Kuwaiti SIM card with no restrictions.

But you do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations, which include showing your passport at the point of sale.

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Where Can You Buy a Kuwaiti SIM Card (+Costs)?

You can get a Kuwaiti SIM card in Zain, Ooredoo & STC stores. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Kuwait International Airport. Some Kuwaiti airports sell (tourist) SIM cards (at inflated prices).

You can expect to pay for the following Kuwaiti SIM cards:

  • Zain Kuwait: 6 KWD
  • Ooredoo Kuwait: 5 KWD (regular), 7 KWD (regular & data-only), 55 KWD (data-only) & 85 KWD (regular)
  • STC Kuwait (formerly VIVA Kuwait): 5 KWD (regular) & 7 KWD (data-only)

If you plan to buy a SIM card at an airport, the prices can be higher than those listed above – be aware of this.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date KWD (Kuwaiti Dinar) to your currency (let's say INR – Indian Rupee) exchange rates.

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For your convenience, below are some exchange rates between KWD and USD (US Dollars – Rounded):

  • 1 KWD = 3.25 USD
  • 10 KWD = 32.40 USD
  • 100 KWD = 323.85 USD

But for any other currency, the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for Kuwait

(Travel) eSIMs have become extremely popular in recent years.

Especially after Apple made iPhones (14- & 15 series) sold in the United States eSIM-only, forcing its users to use eSIMs – even when abroad.

This forced mobile operators to adopt eSIM technology faster than they had planned (for the benefit of anyone wishing to use eSIMs instead of swapping SIM cards).

At the moment, no Kuwaiti mobile operator offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

But if the Kuwaiti mobile operators did have eSIMs and you wanted to purchase an eSIM, you would need to comply with Kuwait's SIM card registration regulations.

Suppose you do not wish to do so for whatever reason. In that case, you may consider getting a travel eSIM for Kuwait.

My Kuwait eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide (even in Kuwait).

Buying an eSIM for Kuwait Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Menalink, Discover+, Liberation, Mobile, Alosim & Airalo)

You can even get eSIMs covering Kuwait and other countries in the Middle East, allowing you to use one eSIM in multiple destinations with just one purchase.

Or you can even get a global eSIM, which can be used in at least 100 countries worldwide.

While the Kuwait eSIM buying guide goes much more in-depth about your options, I do want to introduce some quickly here:

Here are some discount codes to sweeten the deal:

  • Airalo: NEWMAY15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, AIRALOMAY10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

For information about these eSIMs, such as how much the eSIMs cost and how much data you get, check out the Kuwait eSIM buying guide.

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Kuwaiti Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through Zain Kuwait, Ooredoo Kuwait & STC Kuwait (formerly VIVA Kuwait), and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs)

Let's see what Kuwait offers us.


Zain Kuwait

Zain Logo Silver
© Zain

Zain Kuwait, just Zain, is the largest mobile operator in Kuwait.

It is also the second-fastest mobile operator in the country, just behind Ooredoo Kuwait.

Zain, as a company, is active in Africa (Sudan & South Sudan) & the Middle East.

Zain uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz (n78) – not for prepaid

This is what you will learn about Zain:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Zain SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Zain Kuwait

Zain has the best coverage in Kuwait.

4G/LTE reception can be found basically anywhere in the country.

However, 5G NR is not available to prepaid customers (yet).

Below is Zain's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Zain Kuwait

You can buy a Zain SIM card, called eeZee Prepaid, starting at 6 KWD in Zain stores. The data-only SIM card, called Prepaid Data Internet, costs 7 KWD. SIM cards are also sold at Kuwait International Airport.

Zain Kuwait eeZee SIM Card
© Zain Kuwait

The following two starter packs are available:

PriceDataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesValidity
5 KWD100 GBN/A100 minutes30 days
6 KWD250 GB250 minutes250 minutes30 days
Zain Kuwait SIM Card Starter Kits
© Zain Kuwait
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Zain has no eSIMs.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Kuwait because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Zain.

Especially if you get a Middle East-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Kuwait in my Kuwait eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Liberation Mobile (Kuwait only), Menalink (15 countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Kuwait – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Kuwait (unlimited data eSIMs) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Kuwait, Middle East (seven countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Kuwait eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Zain for now.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Zain Kuwait

Zain top-up vouchers are sold in Zain stores and Smart Branches or many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

The following top-up options are available:

Top-UpValidity
1.50 KWD7 days
3 KWD15 days
5 KWD30 days
10 KWD90 days
20 KWD180 days
25 KWD365 days

To top up your Zain SIM card, dial *141*VoucherCode# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *141*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *142# to check your Zain balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Zain KW app (Android/iOS).

Zain Kuwait Zain KW App
© Zain Kuwait
Extra Validity – Zain Kuwait

It is possible to extend the validity of your SIM card and credit without having to top-up extra with the Extra Validity feature.

The following Extra Validity options are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 999:

PriceValidityActivation Code
1 KWD15 daysv1
3 KWD60 daysv2
5 KWD120 daysv3
13 KWD365 daysv4
Zain Kuwait Extra Validity

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Zain Kuwait

Zain has three data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in KWD (Kuwaiti Dinar).

To convert KWD to your currency (let's say INR – Indian Rupee) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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eeZee Ready-Made Plans – Zain Kuwait

The eeZee Ready-Made Plans are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access) and minutes.

The following eeZee Ready-Made Plans, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 999:

PriceData 2On-Net MinutesLocal MinutesValidityActivation Code
5 KWD30 GB“Unlimited”, 43 200 minutes100 minutes30 days5
7 KWD60 GB 1“Unlimited”, 43 200 minutes250 minutes30 days7
9 KWD90 GB 1“Unlimited”, 43 200 minutes500 minutes30 days9
12 KWD150 GB 1“Unlimited”, 43 200 minutes1000 minutes30 days12
18 KWD250 GB 1“Unlimited”, 43 200 minutes“Unlimited”, 9000 minutes30 days18
21 KWDUnlimited 1“Unlimited”, 43 200 minutes“Unlimited”, 9000 minutes30 days21

1 5G NR access
2 “Unlimited” (100 GB) streaming data for streaming apps (including but not limited to Dailymotion, Netflix & YouTube)

Zain Kuwait eeZee Bundles Ready Made Plans
eeZee Flexi – Zain Kuwait

eeZee Flexi is a customizable bundle that allows you to set how much data and how many (international) minutes you want.

Additionally, additional benefits can be added in the form of unlimited social media, WhatsApp & YouTube data.

Each eeZee Flexi plan needs to cost at least 2.5 KWD. However, no other minimum requirements are imposed.

You can select:

Be aware that an eeZee Flexi plan can only be set up on the Zain KW app (recommended) or online.

Zain Kuwait eeZee Flexi Plan
Example plan
eeZee Flexi Data – Zain Kuwait

The data options for eeZee Flexi start from 15 GB (2.5 KWD) to Unlimited (15 KWD).

Below are your options:

PriceData
2.5 KWD15 GB
4 KWD30 GB
5.5 KWD60 GB
6 KWD90 GB
7 KWD150 GB
11 KWD250 GB
15 KWDUnlimited
eeZee Flexi (On-Net Minutes) – Zain Kuwait

The on-net minutes options for eeZee Flexi start from 100 minutes (0.5 KWD) to unlimited – 43 200 minutes (2 KWD).

Below are your options:

PriceOn-Net Minutes
0.50 KWD100 minutes
1 KWD250 minutes
1.5 KWD500 minutes
2 KWD“Unlimited”, 43 200 minutes
eeZee Flexi (Local Minutes) – Zain Kuwait

The local minutes options for eeZee Flexi start from 100 minutes (1 KWD) to unlimited – 9000 minutes (6 KWD).

Below are your options:

PriceLocal Minutes
1 KWD100 minutes
1.5 KWD250 minutes
2 KWD500 minutes
3 KWD1000 minutes
6 KWD“Unlimited”, 9000 minutes
eeZee Flexi (International Minutes) – Zain Kuwait

The international minutes options for eeZee Flexi start from 10 minutes (1.5 KWD) to unlimited – 120 minutes (8 KWD).

Below are your options:

PriceInternational Minutes
1.50 KWD10 minutes
3 KWD30 minutes
5 KWD60 minutes
8 KWD120 minutes
eeZee Flexi (Additional Benefits) – Zain Kuwait

The additional benefits for eeZee Flexi include unlimited data for Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat & Twitter – 1 TB for 1 KWD), WhatsApp (1 TB for 1 KWD) & YouTube (2 KWD for 1 TB).

Extra GB's – Zain Kuwait

The Extra GB's are data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

The following Extra GB's are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 999:

PriceDataActivation Code
3 KWD15 GBZ1
5 KWD50 GBZ2

APN/Internet Settings – Zain Kuwait

  • Name: Zain Kuwait
  • APN: hsapps

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Ooredoo Kuwait

Ooredoo Logo
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Ooredoo Kuwait, just Ooredoo, is the second-largest mobile operator in Kuwait.

It is the fastest mobile operator in the country.

Ooredoo, as a company, is active in Northern Africa, Southeast Asia & the Middle East.

Ooredoo uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz (n78) – not for prepaid (yet)

This is what you will learn about STC:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Ooredoo SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Ooredoo Kuwait

Ooredoo has extensive coverage throughout Ooredoo.

4G/LTE reception can be found basically anywhere in the country.

However, 5G NR is not available to prepaid customers (yet).

Below is Ooredoo’s coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Ooredoo Kuwait

You can buy an Ooredoo SIM card, called Xpress or Xpress Internet, starting from 5 KWD to 85 KWD in Ooredoo stores and kiosks. SIM cards are also sold at Kuwait International Airport.

Ooredoo Kuwait Xpress SIM Card
© Ooredoo Kuwait
Ooredoo Kuwait Xpress Internet SIM Card
© Ooredoo Kuwait

The following SIM cards are available:

PriceCreditDataLocal MinutesSIM Card TypeValidity
5 KWD5 KWDN/AN/ARegular30 days
7 KWD7 KWDN/AN/ARegular20 days
7 KWDN/A24 GBN/AData-Only30 days
55 KWDN/A100 GB/month (1200 GB)N/AData-Only12 months
85 KWDN/A25 GB/month (300 GB)150 minutes/month (1800 minutes)Regular12 months
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It is also possible to get an Ooredoo eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

Ooredoo Kuwait eSIM
© Ooredoo Kuwait

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Kuwait, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Ooredoo.

Especially if you get a Middle East eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported Middle Eastern countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Kuwait eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Liberation Mobile (Kuwait only), Menalink (15 countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Kuwait – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Kuwait (unlimited data) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Kuwait, Middle East (seven countries) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Kuwait eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

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For now, I will continue with Ooredoo.

You can also join Ooredoo ANA, a premium brand (as per Ooredoo itself), to get access to exclusive plans, including one that allow you to create your own plan (select data, unlimited data for select apps & (international) minutes).

Ooredoo Kuwait ANA Logo
© Ooredoo Kuwait

While you can order an Ooredoo ANA SIM card online, the fastest way to switch to ANA is by getting a regular SIM card and moving it over to ANA on the My Ooredoo Kuwait app.

Ooredoo Kuwait ANA SIM Card
© Ooredoo Kuwait

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Ooredoo Kuwait

Ooredoo top-up vouchers are sold in Ooredoo stores and kiosks or many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

The following (online) top-up options are available:

RechargeValidity
1.50 KWD7 days 
2 KWD10 days
3 KWD15 days 
4 KWD *15 days 
5 KWD30 days
6 KWD *30 days
7 KWD *30 days
8 KWD *30 days
9 KWD *30 days
10 KWD90 days 
12 KWD *90 days 
16 KWD *90 days 
20 KWD180 days
25 KWD365 days 

* online only

Ooredoo Kuwait Recharge Cards
© Ooredoo Kuwait

To top up your Ooredoo SIM card, dial *111*VoucherCode# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *111*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *555# to check your Ooredoo balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Ooredoo Kuwait app (Android/iOS).

Ooredoo Kuwait My Ooredoo Kuwait App
© Ooredoo Kuwait
Extra Validity – Ooredoo Kuwait

It is possible to extend the validity of your SIM card and credit without having to top-up extra with the Extra Validity feature.

The following Extra Validity options are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 500:

PriceValidityActivation Code
1 KWD10 daysv1
3 KWD30 daysv2
5 KWD60 daysv3
12 KWD180 daysv4
Ooredoo Kuwait Extra Validity

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Ooredoo Kuwait

Ooredoo has two data-featured prepaid plans: ANA Plans (combo) & Digital 5G Plans (combo).

I will list all the prices in KWD (Kuwaiti Dinar).

To convert KWD to your currency (let's say INR – Indian Rupee) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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ANA Plans – Ooredoo Kuwait

The ANA Plans are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access) and minutes exclusively for Ooredoo ANA.

ANA Plans can be activated on the My Ooredoo Kuwait app:

PricePlanData On-Net MinutesLocal MinutesValidity
6 KWD ANA All-In-One100 GBUnlimited100 minutes 130 days
15 KWDANA Nomad650 GBUnlimited 600 minutes30 days
19 KWDANA Newbie230 GBUnlimited 100 minutes30 days
19 KWDANA Full Force1 TB 2UnlimitedUnlimited 30 days

1 KD2 worth of international minutes
2 with 7GB roaming internet

Ooredoo Kuwait ANA Plan
Digital 5G Plans – Ooredoo Kuwait

The Digital 5G Plans are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access) and minutes.

The following Digital 5G Plans are available:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesValidity
7 KWDANA Newbie230 GBUnlimited100 minutes30 days
11 KWDANA Vibe400 GBUnlimited300 minutes30 days
15 KWDANA Nomad650 GBUnlimited600 minutes30 days
19 KWDANA Full Force1 TB 1Unlimited3000 minutes30 days

1 for 1 GB Roaming/Day

Ooredoo Kuwait Digital 5G Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Ooredoo Kuwait

Most phones will automatically retrieve the correct APN settings when inserting a SIM card – the same counts for Ooredoo Kuwait SIM cards.

If that does not automatically happen, you can text HELP ANDROID or HELP IPHONE to 121 to download the APN settings.

If that does not work, you will have to add the settings manually by filling in these fields:

  • Name: Ooredoo Kuwait
  • APN: action.ooredoo.com

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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STC Kuwait (formerly VIVA Kuwait)

STC Logo
© STC

STC Kuwait, just STC and formerly known as VIVA Kuwait, is the smallest mobile operator in Kuwait.

It is also the newest entrant to the Kuwaiti telecom market.

Its small market share may change in the future because the mobile operator is going all-in 5G NR, having the best 5G NR availability in the country and worldwide (together with T-Mobile USA).

Unfortunately, 5G NR is not available to prepaid customers (yet).

STC stands for Saudi Telecom Company and is, of course, from Saudi Arabia.

The mobile operator was known as VIVA Kuwait until late December 2019.

However, that brand name is still ingrained in many, even after two years after rebranding.

STC uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz (n78) – not for prepaid

This is what you will learn about STC:

* Coverage
* How to Get an STC SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – STC Kuwait (formerly VIVA Kuwait)

STC has extensive coverage throughout Kuwait.

4G/LTE reception can be found basically anywhere in the country.

However, 5G NR is not available to prepaid customers (yet).

But it currently has the best 5G NR availability in the world, together with T-Mobile USA, even winning the OpenSignal 5G Global Winner Award.

Below is STC’s coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – STC Kuwait (formerly VIVA Kuwait)

You can buy an STC SIM card, called Allo, for 5 KWD with 5 KWD credit for 30 days in STC stores (1/2/3/4/5/6). The data-only SIM card, called Prepaid Internet SIM, costs 7 KWD with 30 GB for 30 days. SIM cards are also sold at Kuwait International Airport.

STC Store
© STC Kuwait
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STC has no eSIMs.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for Kuwait, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from STC (in some cases).

Especially when getting an eSIM covering popular Middle Eastern destinations if you do not stay in just Kuwait or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Kuwait eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Liberation Mobile (Kuwait only), Menalink (15 countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Kuwait – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Kuwait (these eSIMs have unlimited data) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Kuwait, Middle East (seven countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Kuwait eSIM buying guide.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – STC Kuwait (formerly VIVA Kuwait)

STC top-up vouchers are sold in STC stores (1/2/3/4/5/6) and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

The following top-up options are available:

Top-UpValidity
2 KWD10 days
3 KWD15 days
5 KWD30 days
10 KWD90 days
20 KWD180 days
25 KWD365 days
STC Recharge Cards
© STC Kuwait

To top up your STC SIM card, dial *500*VoucherCode# and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *500*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *555# to check your STC balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the mystc KW app (Android/iOS).

STC Kuwait mystc KW App
© STC Kuwait
Get Validity (Extra Validity) – Zain Kuwait

It is possible to extend the validity of your SIM card and credit without having to top-up extra with the Get Validity feature.

The following Get Validity options are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 510:

PriceValidityActivation Code
1 KWD15 days61
4 KWD3 months62
7 KWD6 months63
13 KWD12 months64

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – STC Kuwait (formerly VIVA Kuwait)

STC has two data-featured prepaid plans: Go Plans (combo) & Internet Boosters (add-on).

I will list all the prices in KWD (Kuwaiti Dinar).

To convert KWD to your currency (let's say INR – Indian Rupee) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Go Plans – STC Kuwait (formerly VIVA Kuwait)

The Go Plans are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access) and minutes.

Go Plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 510:

PricePlanDataSocial Data 1On-Net MinutesLocal MinutesValidityActivation Code
5 KWDGo 530 GBN/AN/A100 minutes30 days50
6 KWDGo 660 GBN/A100 minutes100 minutes30 days60
9 KWDGo 9100 GB“Unlimited”, 100 GBN/A500 minutes30 days90
15 KWDGo 15200 GB“Unlimited”, 100 GB“Unlimited”, 43 000 minutes2000 minutes30 days150
19 KWDGo 19500 GB“Unlimited”, 100 GB“Unlimited”, 43 000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes30 days190
21 KWDGo 211 TB“Unlimited”, 100 GB“Unlimited”, 43 000 minutes“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes30 days210

1 Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter & WhatsApp

STC Kuwait Go Plans
Internet Booster – STC Kuwait (formerly VIVA Kuwait)

The Internet Booster are data add-ons for Go SIM cards. It cannot be purchased as a standalone plan.

Internet Boosters can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 510:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
3 KWD15 GB30 days33
5 KWD50 GB30 days32
STC Kuwait Internet Booster

APN/Internet Settings – STC Kuwait (formerly VIVA Kuwait)

  • Name: STC Kuwait
  • APN: VIVA

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Kuwait

Getting a SIM card from Zain or Ooredoo would do you well when considering a Kuwaiti SIM card.

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.