Bahrain Quick Guide

Bahrain is a small island nation in the Persian Gulf. It has a population of 1.4 million people, and a land area of just 765 square kilometers. Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy with a unicameral legislature. The ruler is a King, who is elected by the people, and serves a 5-year term. The prime minister is a member of the unicameral legislature, and is appointed by the King. The prime minister is usually the leader of the largest party in the legislature. The current prime minister is Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

Top 5 Cities in Bahrain and their respective populations

  • Manama 1,000,000
  • Madinat Hamad 500,000
  • Madinat `Isa 400,000
  • Sitrah 300,000
  • Jidd Hafs 200,000

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Bahrain are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The temperature conditions remain very pleasant in the archipelago during these months. With slight breeze blowing and occasional showers, one can say that it is best to visit Bahrain between the months of December to March.

Do I need a Visa?

You will need to apply for a Bahrain eVisa. The Bahrain eVisa is an official document that you can be obtained by applying online and it allows entry into and travel within Bahrain. The eVisa is electronically linked to your passport. As a UK citizen, you will be able to stay in Bahrain for a maximum of 30 days Per Entry and it grants Multiple Entry to the country.

See which forms you may need for entry into Bahrain.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Bahrain is the Bahraini Dinar (BHD). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Bahrain you can grab amazing Bahraini Dinar deals via (GBP to BHD).

What about the wildlife?

The Arabian oryx is a type of antelope. It has long straight horns and a tufted tail. Camels have always been very important in Bahrain. The camels in Bahrain are one-humped camels.

What is the traditional food?

Arabic food? Chicken Machboos (Bahraini Spiced Chicken and Rice) Chicken Machboos, or Machboos ala Dajaj (“spiced chicken and rice”), is the national dish of Bahrain, a small island country in the Persian Gulf neighbored by Saudi Arabia and Iran.

What Languages are spoken?

Arabic is the official language of Bahrain, but English is widely spoken. You can learn some basic Arabic before you travel to Bahrain and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Bahrain is the Bahraini Dinar (It's appropriate in restaurants and cafes, 10-15% depending on how well you've been served. There is also a "service charge" added to the bill, but that normally just gets gobbled up by the owners, so it's meaningless. In conjunction with the 10-15% rule, it is generally acceptable to round up the bill amount and consider the change involved as tip. (i.e. 3.700 BD >> Pay 4.000 and ask that change be kept).

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Useful Numbers

  • Police: 999
  • Ambulance: 999
  • Fire: 999
  • UK Embassy: +973 1757 4100

Time Difference

The GMT time difference is 2 hours

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