Travel Advice for Bahrain
Bahrain
Capital: Manama

Time Zone GMT + 3
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 973
IDD: International dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 0
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
All services - 999.
Tourist
Information
Bahrain Tourism Company (BTC) PO Box 5831, Manama, Bahrain.
Tel: 530 530 Fax: 530 867.
Passport
Information
Valid Passport required Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all except: Nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Citizens of the UK for a maximum of 4 weeks (providing their full passport is valid for 6 months).
Health
Information
Health Risks: Cutaneous leishmaniasis, typhoid fevers and hepatitis A and B occur.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink.
Currency Dinar (BD) = 100 fils.
All credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted. US dollars are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Over 60 locations.
Cost of
Living
Can be relatively cheap if you travel around by foot and make purchases from the souk. Accommodation ranges from the deluxe to cheaper family-run guest houses.
Languages Arabic. English may also be spoken.
Weather Summers are very hot. Winters are much cooler. Rainfall is only likely in the winter. Spring and autumn are pleasant.
Electricity 230 volts AC, single phase and 400 volts, 50 Hz. (Awali - 100 volts AC, 60 Hz. Plugs are normally the 13-amp pin type.
Post 3 - 4 days to Europe.
Transport SEA: Transport between the smaller islands is by motor boat or dhow.
ROAD: Manama is served by an excellent road system.
BUS: Routes now serve most towns and villages.
TAXI: Identifiable by their orange and red colouring. Those waiting outside hotels may charge more and between midnight and 0500 - fares increase by 50 %.
Special
Information
Because of the situation of global and regional insecurity at present, travellers should exercise extreme caution and make only necessary journeys. Normally Bahrain is relatively liberal in comparison to other Gulf countries. Non Muslims may not enter mosques except during prayer times. Violent crime is quite rare but visitors should avoid village areas especially after dark. It is polite to drink 2 small cups of tea when offered.