Bahrain

The Kindom of Bahrein is Middle Eastern archipelago in the Arabic Gulf. For a discerning traveler, Bahrein is a real treasure. It is supposed to be so not only in Europe but also in the Arabic world. First of all, because it is the only island state in the region: it stays on the 33 islands, some of them are of artificial origin. Secondly, it’s connected with Arabian Peninsula with one of the longest bridges in the world. The King Fahd Causeway, it has a length of 25 km. Bahrein is an oriental fairy tale, it has an unbelievable infrastructure, gigantic skyscrapers, ancient relics, the turquoise water and white sandy beaches, which attracts more than 10 million tourists per year. Moreover, Bahrein is a shopping mecca, where the latest collections of most luxury brands can be found. Bahrein has a numerous appealing destinations for tourists, main among them: Bahrein and Abu Mahir forts, Beit al Quran museum with a rare collection of Islamic manuscripts, Oil Museum and Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve. In order to make your trip as smooth as possible SafeAroud has compiled information from multiple resources to make sure you have a pleasant, safe voyage!

SAFETY INDEX

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Bahrein is the 111th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. Violent crime is low and most tourists will never face any safety concern. Much of the crime occurs within the large South Asian population of guest workers. Most common is pickpocketing. There have been incidents of drink spiking in places frequented by visitors, but it is relatively rare. In past few years, tourists have been reported being victims of crime in commercial districts surrounding Naval Support Activity in Manam. For further information, read the article about safety in Manama. Due to safety instability, a visible security forces presence in Bahrain, especially in Shia-majority areas. Around Friday and after sunset be particularly vigilant while being in this kind of areas. Likelihood of the civil unrest is high. Female travelers should be cautious of how they behave and dress in public in order to prevent violating local rules. Avoid walking alone after the sunset and in remote places. 

Other areas of concern:

We strongly recommend not to buy any counterfeit products; purchasing them is a law violation. Since 2011, there have been periodical clashes all over the country. Demonstrations may continue, as a rule, it is violent and potentially risky for new comers, therefore SafeAround recommends to avoid or reduce the time being in following zones:
  • Areas where Bahrani Ministry of Interior forces are gathered
  • Sanabis area, Saar, Sitra areas, Hamad town
  • Around Friday prayers
  • Area out of the central district at night
  • Remote roads

Where to enjoy the sun safely?

For your safe vacation, SafeAround compiles the list of the best and safest Bahrain’s Public Beaches, main among them: Bahrain Al Beach, Bahrain Amwaj Beach, Fort Beach, Jazair Beach and Karbabad Beach. However, despite the absence of any violent crime the level of petty crime is high, thus be especially vigilant of your surrounding and don’t borrow any valuables with you, in order to avoid the unpleasant incidents.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : HIGH

However, the general safety level of Bahrain is high, it is ranked 111th on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries some regions of the country are safer than anywhere in Europe or US.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

As a frequently visited tourist destination with more than 10 million visits yearly, it is not surprising that pick-pocketing is common in Bahrain. Bag snatching does occur as well. Excessive vigilance in all public place is recommended, particularly in the old market areas (caling souks), bus stations and airports.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Bahrain is a place where an occurrence of kidnapping and mugging is low.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

There are almost no known scams.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Accidents while traveling on the road occur frequently, although roads condition are generally very good. Many drivers don’t follow the speed limitations on the highways and drive recklessly. Night driving is supposed to be particularly dangerous because some drivers do not turn on their headlights.  There is a threat while off-road driving. Ensure cars are well equipped and you carry enough water. Traveling by sea, plan your route in advance as sometimes the Bahrain government imposes curfews on waterways. Piracy is a risk in a Gulf.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

The Kingdom of Bahrein experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. Sandstorms occur on a regular basis. Sometimes, severe thunderstorms may occur in Bahrain, making driving impossible. Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

A number of terrorist attacks occurred in the Gulf region in recent years. The probability of new attacks is moderate.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Overall, female travellers risk in Bahrain seems to be on par with main European countries, Australia, Canada or USA. Visitors should keep in mind the cultural differences and wear modest dress and avoid “small talks” with male strangers.   SafeAround recommends taking normal safety precautions and trying to avoid visiting remote neighborhoods late at night.

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Useful Information

Visa is not required for tourist stays under 30 days. Make sure your passport has at least a six-month validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting.
Bahrain Dirham is the official currency of the Bahrain. The dirham is pegged to the dollar, 0.376 BD = 1 USD. All the other world currencies may fluctuate significantly.
The Kindom of Bahrain experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. The hottest months of the year are from June to September. In order to avoid risks of high temperatures, SafeAround advises avoiding staying in the sun for a long time and drinking a lot of water.
The largest international airport is located in Muharraq – Bahrain International Airport (BAH). It is an island located 7 km away from the capital. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page