By the second anniversary of the Iraqi invasion, many of the physical scars of war and occupation had already been erased, and the government was well on its way to restoring the country's extensive prewar accommodations and amenities, although hotel prices have risen steeply since the war. Except for nationals of the other Gulf states, visitors must obtain visas in advance from Kuwaiti embassies or consulates.
In 2000, there were 1,988 hotel rooms and a total of 2,857 beds. That year there were 1,944,233 foreign visitor arrivals in Kuwait and tourism receipts reached $198 million. In 2001, the US Department of State estimated that the daily expenses for a stay in Kuwait City were about $339.