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About Bahrain

General Information about Bahrain

Location : Middle East

Local Time : GMT +3

Capital City : Manama

Language(s) : Arabic, English

Dialling Code : 973

Emergency : Police & Ambulance: 999

Driving : Driving is on the left.

*International Driving Permit required endorsed by theTraffic Department.

Business & Currency

Currency : 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

Airports Bahrain International (BAH)

Passport & Visa The following details relate to holders of adult normal passports (requirements for children may be different), if any other type of passport or travel document is held, entry requirements should be checked with the relevant embassy or consulate


Required by all

Passport Validity: Please contact nearest embassy/consulate Visas

The following DO NOT require a visa: 1) Nationals of Bahrain 2) Nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates Notes: Tourist visas valid for stays up to 2 weeks can be obtained on arrival at Bahrain International Airport issued to nationals of: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland Rep, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom & United States

Air Transit

Required by all except those as noted above and:

1) Persons either in transit by the same service or persons holding confirmed onward reservations within 24 hours, provided they do not leave the airport

Notes: 1) Transit visas valid for 24 hours are available on arrival if transitting more than 8 hours (except nationals of Iran, Iraq & Vietnam)

2) Transit visas valid for 72 hours are available on arrival provided holding confirmed onward/return tickets & documentation (except nationals of Iran, Iraq & Vietnam)

3) A letter of recommendation is required by the following, who should apply for a visa prior to arrival: a) Nationals of Algeria, Comoros, Dijibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates & Yemen who are not visa exempt b) Nationals of Asian countries (except Japan) c) Nationals of African countries


UK Tourist Office Information available via

Embassy Embassy of Bahrain 30 Belgrave Square London, SW1X 8QB fax: +44 20 7201 9183 hours: 0900-1600 (Mon-Fri) consulate, 0900-1200 (Mon-Fri) visas Business / Social Hints

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 or gifts it is customary to use the right and not the left hand. Smoking is generally accepted. Alcohol is mainly confined to large hotels and restaurants.

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