Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Bahrain’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
It is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
Around 4,000 British nationals live in Bahrain, and thousands more visit each year. Most visits are trouble free.
You should be alert to local and regional developments. Localised protests can take place and generally there is a visible security presence. You should be vigilant, follow the advice of the local authorities, and avoid large crowds and demonstrations. If you encounter civil disturbance, leave the area immediately. Travel around Bahrain may be affected at such times. See Demonstrations
By law, all residents and visitors must carry photographic ID. Illegal drugs are strictly forbidden, even a residual amount. See Local laws and customs
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Bahrain. See Terrorism
You must have legal status in Bahrain and not be subject to a Travel Ban when you depart. See Exit requirements
Bahraini law does not criminalise same sex-activity between consenting adults who are at least 21 years of age, although sodomy is illegal.
Offensive language, spitting and aggressive behaviour (including ‘road rage’ hand gestures) are viewed as seriously offensive and can result in imprisonment and deportation. See Local Laws and customs
You can contact the emergency services by calling 999.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.