Coronavirus health information

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Bahrain on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Commercial flights are now operating to and from Bahrain on a reduced service. Check with your travel company for the latest information.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Bahrain, including exemptions and further details.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

You should contact the Ministry of Health for information on testing facilities.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, in Bahrain, you will be contacted by the authorities or through the ‘BeAware’ app and subject to quarantine measures, required to self-isolate in a hotel or private accommodation, as well as given health treatment, offered free of charge, at hospital or quarantine centres if necessary.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Bahrain

Bahrain International Airport remains open, including for transit and transfer passengers. Details are set out on the Entry requirements page.

For information on this and other updates, check Bahrain’s latest COVID-19 decisions and Bahrain’s Airport website.

The King Fahd Causeway is open for travel between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. From 20 February 2022 there is no PCR testing nor quarantine requirements for any arrivals regardless of their vaccination status, including those arriving via the Causeway.

For travel from Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, check the latest information on the Saudi Arabia Travel Advice page.

Accommodation

Accommodation including hotels and private rental properties are permitted to be open, and are subject to public health measures such as the wearing of masks in public areas. Amenities such as restaurant dining and pools are dependent on the current status of Bahrain’s internal COVID-19 Traffic Light Alert System.

Public places and services

Bahrain has adopted a COVID-19 Traffic Light Alert System, which sets out differing levels of social restriction based on the average COVID-19 positivity rate. Check the detailed measures in force at each alert level. The current level of alert will be announced on Bahrain’s ‘latest COVID-19 decisions’ website.

As essential services, hospitals, pharmacies, banks, food shops and petrol stations are permitted to remain open at all levels of the traffic light system.

Healthcare in Bahrain

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call the local hotline of 444 and follow the authorities’ advice. For general COVID-19 enquires within Bahrain, please contact the Ministry of Health or on email at covid19@moh.gov.bh. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by the authorities or through the ‘BeAware’ app and are required to self-isolate at home or at their hotel for 7 days (if fully vaccinated) or 10 days (if unvaccinated) from the date of infection. If necessary, COVID-19 health treatment will be given free of charge.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Bahrain.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you are waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Bahrain

We will update this page when the Government of Bahrain announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Bahrain national vaccination programme started in December 2020 and is using the AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sputnik vaccines. The Government of Bahrain has stated that British nationals resident in Bahrain are eligible for vaccination, if they choose to join the programme.

All residents over the age of 5 years (with a valid CPR card) can register online for an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge. Registration for the vaccination programme is also possible through the BeAware Bahrain smartphone application. You can select the type of vaccine you wish to receive. You will then be contacted to confirm the date and time of your vaccination appointment. Individuals over 50 years old are entitled to a walk-in vaccination service, without the need to register ahead. The Bahraini vaccination programme also permits residents aged 5-17 to register for a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination.

Mobile vaccination units are available for seniors and individuals with special needs.

Registration for the booster doses is available, more information on the vaccinations available on the Ministry of Health’s website. Individuals can select the Pfizer-BioNTech (recommended for people 50 years and above and vulnerable categories), Astrazeneca – Covisheild, Sputnik or the SinoPharm vaccines.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Bahrain, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.