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Citizens of most nationalities outside the Gulf need a visa and those from the United States, EU, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and 29 other countries can obtain one upon arrival that is good for two weeks at a cost of 5 Bahraini dinars (BD). Those requiring a longer stay can opt for a business visa alongside a payment of BD42. Visitors from some countries will be required to endure a lengthy application process, so before deciding to travel, it is well worth visiting

Health and Safety

Bahrain on the whole is an extremely safe and peaceful country. The only nuisance most visitors ever encounter will be getting ripped off by a taxi driver. Even petty crime, such as pick pocketing or bag snatching is rare, and violent crime is pretty much unheard of.

However, over the last couple of years, some political unrest has hit the international headlines because its timing coincided with the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix, a big tourist draw. Since the last escalation, both conflicting sides have reached agreements and the tension has dissipated. It is worthwhile, though, to check the website of your national consulate for up-to-the-minute information on the political situation in Bahrain.

Otherwise, there is little reason for concern. The tap water is perfectly drinkable, hygiene standards are very high, and healthcare is excellent. On the flip-side given the climate, sunscreen is advised, and care should be taken when crossing the street as drivers do not like to stop. Little else, though, should have a negative impact on a visit to the island.

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