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BAHRAIN visa service & travel information



Please visit http://www.evisa.gov.bh/ for e visa information.


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)


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.


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.


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:
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 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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