Country: Bahrain is a small island country near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. Bahrain is believed to be the site of the ancient land of the Dilmun civilization. Saudi Arabia is to the west.
It has a population of approximately 1.3 million. Manama is the capital and Arabic is the official language.
To access emergency services: Dial 112
Currency: Bahraini dinar (BHD)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Bahrain, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
What to expect in a Bahrainian hospital: Bahrain offers good medical facilities. There are three private hospitals and four state-run facilities that are able to handle nearly all cases.
Standards are high because the country aims to attract medical research companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Many doctors are expatriates or have been trained overseas.
Waiting times are generally short. Medical treatment in Bahrain is not free for foreigners, even in emergencies. The Foreign Office states: “You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before traveling. You should check any exclusions, and make sure that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake.”
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Bahrain: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Bahrain-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or WHO for up-to-date travel notices.