Planning a trip to Bahrain?

We’ve compiled the practical travel information you need, including visas, customs, duty-free shopping, and insurance.


Many airlines fly to Bahrain and prices vary considerably, so it pays to shop around for a flight. Consider the length of the flight and any mandatory stopovers.  Start by contacting the major airlines or your local Bahrain Specialist travel agent.

Airport transfer
Bahrain’s international airport have regular public transport such as bus, and taxi connections and private transfers with the city centres.

Many international cruise ships visit Bahrain’s cities, and there are opportunities to take tours and rejoin the ship or stay longer and fly back home.

Unless you are an Bahraini or GCC or UK citizen, you will need a visa to enter Bahrain. You can apply for a range of visas, including tourist visas and other visas, at your nearest Bahrain Consulate.  For more detailed information go to the Bahrain government Bahrain Electronic Visa Service website

Customs and quarantine
Bahrain’s customs laws prevent you from bringing drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms and protected wildlife into Bahrain. There is no limit on currency but you will need to declare if amount is high. For more detailed information go to Entry Requirements page

Medicine brought into Bahrain for personal use is subject to controls and must be declared on your arrival. It is recommended you bring a prescription or letter from your doctor outlining your medical condition and the medicine you are carrying. For more detailed information go to the Entry Requirements  page

You don’t require vaccinations unless you have come from, or have visited a yellow fever infected country within six days of your arrival.

Taking out a travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss, accidents and medical problems is highly recommended. If you plan on doing any adventure sports like scuba diving, motorcycling, racing and even fishing, check that your policy fully covers you. 

Duty Free shopping
You can go duty free shopping once you’ve purchased your airline ticket. There is a limit on how much you can bring into the country including the quantities of alcohol and cigarettes. You’ll need to declare goods exceeding this limit at Customs. Also be aware of restrictions on the quantity of fluid you can take on board. For more detailed information go to the Entry Requirements page

Useful travel tips
Currency, communications, health and safety and shopping are all important aspects of planning your trip to Bahrain. If you have a disability or will be travelling with someone who has special needs, you also need to know about the facilities on offer. Find out more

Bahrain climate
Bahrain’s climate varies, from hot and cool. Between April and October is summer.

Time zones
Bahrain Time - is abbreviated as AST (Arabia Standard Time). Bahrain is GMT/UTC + 3h during Standard Time.

Daylight Saving
Bahrain does not utilize daylight saving time.

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