Foreign travel advice



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

There were civil disturbances on the evening of 15 and 16 January 2017, following death sentences carried out on 15 January against 3 men convicted of killing 3 police officers in 2014. There have been calls for further unauthorised protests on 17 January with the possibility of further civil disturbances over the next few days. There is an increased security presence in Bahrain. You should follow the advice of the local authorities. If you encounter a large demonstration, leave the area immediately. Travel around Bahrain may be affected.

On 1 January 2017, there was a security incident at Jau prison, leading to the escape of several prisoners.

On 16 April 2016, an attack took place in Karbabad against security personnel. One policeman was killed and 2 others severely injured. On 28 August 2015, an attack against security personnel took place near Karranah village which resulted in 1 fatality and several casualties.

On 28 July 2015, there was an attack on a bus transporting security personnel in Sitra, which led to fatalities.

Large caches of explosives and weapons have been discovered by the Bahraini authorities, most recently 21 July 2016.

There were fatal bomb explosions in East Eker on 30 June 2016, in the village of Demistan near Hamad Town on 8 and 9 December 2014 and on the Budaiya Highway near Al Daih on 3 March 2014.

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

There is a high threat from terrorism. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. See Terrorism

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

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.

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