Foreign travel advice



On 17 and 18 November 2017, religious processions will mark the commemoration of the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Processions are likely to be organised in central Manama and in a number of other areas across Bahrain. These religious processions and events are expected to be peaceful. However, there is a possibility they could be used by anti-government protestors, which could lead to clashes with the police.

The Bahrain authorities have announced the suspension of diplomatic relations with Qatar. All air and sea points of entry between Bahrain and Qatar will be closed in the early hours of 6 June 2017. If you have a query relating to your travel plans you should contact your airline or tour operator. There are further restrictions on travel and residence affecting Bahrain and Qatar nationals. For more information see this Bahrain government announcement

On the evening of 10 November 2017, the Bahraini Ministry of Interior reported an attack on an oil pipeline in the vicinity of Buri, west of Manama.

On 27 October 2017, the Bahraini Ministry of Interior reported an attack against police personnel in the vicinity of Sh. Khalifa bin Salman highway near the area of Jidhafs. This led to the death of one policeman and injured eight others. You should closely follow the guidance and instructions of local authorities.

On 8 June 2017, the Bahraini authorities announced that showing sympathy for Qatar on social media or by any other means of communication is an offence. If you commit any such offence you could be imprisoned and subject to a substantial fine.

There were civil disturbances across the country following a security operation in the vicinity of Diraz on 23 May. There remains the possibility of further civil disturbances and protests. There is currently an increased security presence in Bahrain. You should follow the advice of the local authorities and if you encounter a large demonstration, protest or any civil disturbances, leave the area immediately. Travel around Bahrain may be affected.

Demonstrations and protests take place regularly and can turn violent. You should be vigilant, avoid large crowds and demonstrations and be alert to local and regional developments. See Safety and security

The government of Bahrain has imposed a curfew on the waterways around Bahrain between 6pm and 4am. You should respect the curfew. See Sea travel

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Bahrain. See Terrorism

You must have legal status in Bahrain when you depart. See Exit requirements

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