Entry and Exit
From September 2020, Bahrain has allowed travellers eligible for a visa-on-arrival and holders of a valid e-visa (including Singapore passport holders) to seek entry. Please refer to the Bahrain Ministry of Interior’s e-visa website https://www.evisa.gov.bh for more detailed information and to determine your eligibility.
The “red list” of countries was reinstated on 26 November 2021. The countries currently on the “red list” include Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Entry and transit of travellers from “red list” countries, except for Bahraini citizens and those with valid Bahrain residence visas, will be suspended.
From 20 February 2022, for arrivals into Bahrain via Bahrain International Airport, there is no need for passengers to take a PCR test upon arrival, and precautionary quarantine will also be cancelled for all passengers arriving in Bahrain.
As travel restrictions and requirements may change at short notice, you are advised to contact your travel agency, or the Embassy of Bahrain in Thailand, which is accredited to Singapore, to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.
Safety and Security
Bahrain has strict penalties for anyone found consuming or in possession of narcotics, and strict laws against pornography.
Please avoid engaging in displays of public affection. Mixing between individuals of different genders who are not married or directly-related is discouraged, and could result in prosecution. Any homosexual activity could also result in prosecution.
During the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, eating, drinking, and smoking in public are all disallowed between sunrise and sunset.
Alcohol is available in Bahrain and is served at some licensed establishments. Please refrain from consuming alcohol publicly other than at such licensed establishments. Please do not drink and drive.
There are no avenues for demonstrations or other forms of public dissent.
Foreigners convicted of any crimes in Bahrain will be immediately deported upon serving their sentence.
The weather in Bahrain can be extremely punishing in the summer period between May and September of each year. Temperatures can go as high as 50 degrees Celsius during the day, with accompanying high humidity. If you are travelling to Bahrain during these times, please avoid spending a prolonged period of time outdoors.
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]
Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.
Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
- Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
- Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
- eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
- Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
- Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
- Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
- Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
- In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.
Advisory: Email Scams
There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.