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BAHRAIN visa service & travel information

WE DO NOT PROVIDE SERVICES FOR THIS COUNTRY

BAHRAIN VISAS:
2 week Tourist Visas are issued at the airport for Citizens of the Following Countries: Great Britain, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Holland, Norway, Panama, Portugal, Russia, San Moreno, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United States of America &Vatican City.
All other nationals/visa types require a visa.

BAHRAIN TRANSIT VISAS:
Bahrain transit visas are required by all except those as noted above and those either in transit by the same service or persons holding confirmed onward reservations within 8 hours, provided they do not leave the airport (except nationals of Iran, Iraq, Japan & Vietnam)

BAHRAIN HEALTH:
There are no compulsory immunisations in place, however, it is recommended that travellers making 3 or more visits per year, stays of more than 3 months in a rural area, high-risk occupational groups & backpackers staying more than 1 month have up to date immunisations for Diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, TB, tetanus & typhoid.

BAHRAIN WEATHER:
Summer months are very hot. Care should be taken as heat exhaustion can be a problem. Winter months are more pleasant, although evenings can be chilly. Rainfall is low & mainly falls between Nov-Mar.

FURTHER INFORMATION FOR BAHRAIN:
Location of Bahrain: Middle East
Local Time in Bahrain: GMT+3
Capital City of Bahrain: Manama
Population of Bahrain: 791,000
Language(s) spoken in Bahrain: Arabic, English
Dialling Code for Bahrain: 973
Emergency numbers in Bahrain: Police & Ambulance: 999
Driving in Bahrain: Driving is on the right. International Driving Permit required endorsed by the Traffic Department
Electricity in Bahrain: 230V AC 50Hz; 120V AC 60Hz (Awali)
Currency of Bahrain: Bahraini Dinar (BHD 1 = 1,000 Fils)
Notes: BHD: 0.5, 1, 5, 10, 20
Coins: Fils: 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500
Credit Cards/Travellers Cheques: Credit cards are accepted
Opening Hours in Bahrain:
Bank:
0730-1300 Sun-Thur & Sat-Wed (closed Fri)
Office: 0700-1415 Sat-Tue, 0700-1400 Wed (Government offices)
Shops: 0800-1230 Sat-Thur, 1530-1830 Sat-Tue, 1530-2100 Wed & Thur
Hints for Bahrain: If the visiting executive is a woman this must be clearly stated in initial correspondence. Women should dress conventionally, revealing clothes should not be worn. A headscarf is useful. Many business executives speak English. Business cards to have Arabic translation on reverse side. Islamic conventions apply. When passing or receiving food & gifts it is customary to use the right hand instead of the left hand. Smoking is generally accepted. Alcohol is mainly confined to large hotels and restaurants
Tipping in Bahrain: If there is no service charge, tips in restaurants & for taxis are around 10%
Import Allowances for Bahrain: Free import by passengers of 18 years and over:
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco in opened packets
1 litre bottles of alcoholic beverages 6 cans of beer for non-Moslem passengers only
8oz of perfume for personal use
Gifts up to a max of USD 600
Prohibited/Restricted in Bahrain: A temporary ban has been imposed on the import of all kinds of live poultry and birds, firearms, ammunition, drugs & jewellery, subject to import permits
Airports in Bahrain: Bahrain International (BAH)

For further information, please contact:

UK Tourist Office
Information available via http://www.bahraintourism.com/

Embassy
Embassy of Bahrain
30 Belgrave Square
London, SW1X 8QB
tel: +44 20 7201 9170
fax: +44 20 7201 9183
web: www.bahrainembassy.co.uk
email: info@bahrainembassy.co.uk
hours: 0900-1600 (Mon-Fri) consulate, 0900-1200 (Mon-Fri) visas

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