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General guidelines

1- Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months.

2- Follow instructions on embassy and government websites on how to apply for a visa.

3- Check the type of required visa (single/multiple) as well as its validity period.

4- Fill in the application accurately with the required information when applying for the visa (whether it is for tourism, medical treatment, study, etc).

5- You should deal solely with accredited local and international travel agencies that are officially licensed by competent authorities.

6- Avoid traveling to troubled countries and regions with infectious diseases.

7- Follow the rules and regulations issued by the security authorities of the countries you are visiting.

8- Check your destinations policy on carrying large cash amounts.

9- If you face any problem, call Bahrain’s diplomatic mission in the country or contact any GCC mission or MoFA operations office on: +97317227555.

Guidelines to avoid theft

1- Keep your jewellery in the hotel’s safe box and take a receipt from the hotel management of all contents that you placed in the lockbox.

2- Keep scans and photocopies of all travel and bank documents on hand.

3- Keep your personal belongings in a safe and secure place.

4- Do not carry large amounts of cash while in public.

5- Carry as little cash as possible and rely more on debit/credit cards.

6- Always be aware of your personal belongings in crowded areas.

7- To avoid overcharges, always check your shopping receipts.

8- Avoid speaking to strangers as they may attempt to distract you prior to theft.

9- Guard yourself when withdrawing money from bank ATM machines.

10- Only present your identification to official authorities when asked.

11- Be aware of different theft techniques such as collision and distraction schemes.

12- Immediately report theft to police authorities and Embassy.

Guidelines for residence and transportation:

1- Rent residence directly from well-known real estate offices. Avoid signing unofficial or unsupported residence contracts and carefully read the terms and conditions of the contracts.

2- Rent cars directly from well-known and certified car rental offices, avoid renting from individuals in an unofficial way, and carefully read the terms and conditions of the contracts.

Guidelines for appearance and clothes:

1- Respect your destination country’s attire practices.

2- Do not wear jewellery in excess or carry anything that would draw attention.

«Wejhaty» is a free service provided to the citizens of the Kingdom of Bahrain while abroad. It aims to facilitate communication between the diplomatic missions of the Kingdom of Bahrain and citizens registered in the service, providing important alerts in emergency situations and coordination for the return of citizens, in addition to providing information on visas, travel insurance and means of communication with diplomatic missions.

The program can be downloaded from Google Play or App Store and via eGovernment portal www.bahrain.bh



Driving Licences:

Please note that UK driving licenses can be used in Bahrain for up to 3 months from the date of entry provided that the holder has a valid tourist visa.

If the license holder is planning on working in Bahrain, he/she may use a UK driving license for up to three months, after which the license holder must apply for a Bahraini driving license following the extension of his/her work visa and the issuing of a Bahraini ID card. 


Guidelines for transporting animals into Bahrain:


Cats:

  1. Must be at least 3 months old.

  2. The department of veterinary control in the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning must be provided with a copy of official documentation containing details of the animal’s vaccinations to verify that the animal has been given all necessary immunizations, including: 2 vaccinations against rabies and 2 tricat vaccinations.

  3. An importation permit must be obtained from the Ministry’s department of veterinary control prior to transporting the animal to Bahrain.

  4. The following documents must be presented on arrival:

    • An official health certificate issued by the authorities of the country from which the animal is being imported.
    • Documentation of vaccinations.
    • An importation permit.

  5. An entry permit will be issued provided that all documentation is presented and up to date.

  6. A fee of 2 Bahraini Dinars must be paid per cat.


Birds:

  1. An importation permit must be obtained for types of birds that are permitted for importation in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Importing no more than 20 birds for personal reasons.

  • There is no limit on the number of birds permitted for importation for commercial reasons.

  • When importing endangered birds an importation permit must be obtained from the environmental directorate of the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning.

  • The following documents must accompany all shipments of birds on arrival:

  1. Official health certificates issued by the authorities of the country from which the birds are being imported.
  2. Official certificates of origin.
  3. The original copy of the importation permit.

  • Birds must be taken to the veterinary quarry on arrival for a health check and bird flu screening.

  • Birds will be delivered to their owners upon confirmation that the results of the bird flu screening are negative and all documentation is presented and up to date. These procedures may vary depending on the type of bird and the country from which it is being imported.

  • A fee of 1 Bahraini Dinar will be charge for each bird imported into the country for personal reasons, while a fee of 5 Bahraini Dinars will be charged for each bird imported for commercial reasons.

  • If all requirements are met, importation permits will be issued within 15 minutes.


  • Embassies

  • Find a Kingdom of Bahrain embassy:


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  • *Ministry of Foreign Affairs' is responsible for coordinating and implementing all matters related to the nation's foreign policy, Bahrain's relations with other countries and international organizations, and to protecting the interests of Bahraini citizens abroad.
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    LONDON, SW1X 8QB
    UNITED KINGDOM

    Embassy:
    Telephone: (+44) 0207 201 9170
    Fax: (+44) 0207 201 9183

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