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Bahrain: Protests 4 - 6 Feb 2016 Featured

IN THE PICTURE:  Manama, the modern capital of the Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain. IN THE PICTURE: Manama, the modern capital of the Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain.

Demonstrations and protests are planned from 4 to 6 February. There have been calls for unauthorised protests throughout the weekend. Take out comprehensive international private medical and travel insurance before you travel to Bahrain. 

Demonstrations and protests may include attempts to disrupt traffic, protests in villages and near economic centres, burning tyres, throwing Molotov cocktails, and the use of improvised explosive devices. As a result there could be clashes between security forces and protesters.

While there have been no threats or attacks on British nationals to date, remain vigilant. If you encounter a large public gathering or demonstration, leave the area immediately. Roads can become blocked during protests, resulting in diversions. These may re-route you to areas you are unfamiliar with. You should familiarise yourself with alternative routes.

Developments in Syria, Iraq and on the Middle East Peace Process continue to have an impact on local public opinion in the region. You should be aware of local sensitivities on these issues. Follow news reports and be alert to local and regional developments, which may trigger public disturbances.

The Ministry of Interior has issued a reminder that all residents and visitors must carry photographic ID. Under Bahraini law, it is an offence not to be able to present photographic ID if asked to do so by a member of the Bahraini authorities, and you may be subject to a fine of up to 300BHD.

British Nationals Living In Bahrain

Around 8,000 to 10,000 British nationals live in Bahrain, and thousands more visit each year. Most visits are trouble free. Female visitors should take care when travelling alone at night. You should use one of the reputable taxi companies.

iPMI (International Private Medical Insurance) For Bahrain

Take out comprehensive international private medical and travel healthcare insurance before travelling to Bahrain, to cover the costs of any medical treatments abroad or emergency repatriation and evacuation services needed. Be sure to read the small print of all insurance policies before you purchase. Repatriation and evacuation coverage is essential for travel to Bahrain. This is due to the fact that in the case of a medical emergency you may require a medical evacuation to another hospital in another country. In the case of requiring longer-term and follow-up care, repatriation to your home country may be needed.

Emergency Medical Assistance in Bahrain

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.





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