Travel advice for Bahrain.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Bahrain.

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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Banknotes

in local currency

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

Bahrain dinar BHD

Currency exchange rate

BHD 1 = ~ CHF 2.55 ; CHF 1 = ~ BHD 0.388 (09/2022)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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Time difference with Switzerland

+ 2 h / + 1 h during our summer time

National language

Official language

Arabic

Language capabilities

English

Capital

Manama

Country code for calling Switzerland

01 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

230 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid after end of stay or more with visa, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 14 days. Business and tourist visas (for 72 hours, 7 or 14 days) are issued at the airport.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Manama, Bahrain World Trade Center, West Tower, 28th floor, King Faisal Highway,Area 316
Tel.: +973 17 13 12 13

Opening hours

Banks

7.30 - 14.00 h (Sat - Wed)
7.30 - 13.00 h (Thu)

Stores

8.30 - 12.30 h and 15.30 - 19.30 h (Sat - Thu)

Driving
  • International driver's licence required for car rentals. It is recommended to have several passport photos available.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security

  • Travelers should pay close attention to their personal security.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

  • Si consiglia di rispettare le abituali misure precauzionali contro la microcriminalità.

Special legal regulations

  • Photographing persons wearing an uniform, military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

  • Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Cultural characteristics
  • Bahrain is an Arab/Moslem country. Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.

  • Ramadan 2019: 05.05. - 04.06.

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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