Foreign travel advice

Bahrain

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays or leisure purposes. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, from 8 March you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

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To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.

Summary

All travellers arriving in the UK from Bahrain are required to self-isolate on arrival, unless you have a valid exemption. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Travel to Bahrain is subject to entry restrictions

  • Entry to Bahrain is open to UK nationals, and visas on arrival are available. If you are eligible for entry, from 22 February you will be required to undergo and pay for the enhanced arrivals testing procedure for COVID-19, and will need to self-quarantine until the first test results have been received. If you are staying in Bahrain for five days or more, you must repeat the testing procedure on the fifth day and tenth day following your arrival. If you are arriving from Saudi Arabia via the King Fahd Causeway, you will need to provide a negative PCR result from up to 72 hours before arrival.
  • Transit and transfer passengers are permitted to use Bahrain International Airport without testing. You should check Bahrain’s visa portal for the most up to date information.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

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If you’re planning travel to Bahrain, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Around 4,000 British nationals live in Bahrain, and thousands more visit each year. Most visits are trouble free.

Following the attack on the coalition base at Taji in Iraq on 11 March, and subsequent US airstrikes, tensions may be raised across the region. There is a possibility of an increased threat against Western interests, including against UK citizens. You should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.

You should be alert to local and regional developments. Localised protests can take place regularly 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. See Local laws and customs

The Bahrain authorities announced the suspension of diplomatic relations with Qatar in June 2017. All air and sea points of entry between Bahrain and Qatar are currently closed. 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

In 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.

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 likely to try to carry out attacks in Bahrain. See Terrorism

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

You can contact the emergency services by calling 999. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call the local hotline of 444 and follow the authorities’ advice.

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.

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