Bahrain insurance – quick facts
- There is a risk of political and civil unrest
- International health insurance in Bahrain is advised, along with cover for emergency evacuation
- There is general threat from terrorism
Quality cover is crucial
Make sure you have the correct Bahrain insurance in place before you go to work, live or travel in this Persian Gulf state. With a recent history of political crisis, standard insurance could be invalid if incidents arise. Visitors should ensure that their Bahrain insurance includes provision for war and terrorism and should be highly vigilant at all times.
Ancient Sumerians believed that this chain of thirty or so islands in the Persian Gulf was paradise on earth. More recently is has been a luxury holiday destination and business centre, but current political turbulence is making Bahrain a potentially dangerous place to visit, work and live. Your Bahrain insurance cover should reflect the uncertainty of the security situation.
There is a general threat of terrorism. In March and July 2014 there were two large and fatal bomb explosions.
There are curfews in place throughout the kingdom and on the waterways around Bahrain, when any movement is restricted. Make sure you know the curfew times – you are strongly advised to respect them.
Be vigilant at any time – political flare-ups in public places are possible. Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations. Emergency medical treatment is not free, so make sure your Bahrain insurance includes comprehensive medical cover. Hospitals may be compromised during periods of unrest, so evacuation cover is advisable.
Approach sea travel in the Gulf with caution. Some areas are highly sensitive and vessels have been detained, so make enquires before you set out. Safety can be an issue when travelling by dhow – ensure that life jackets are available.
The Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK regularly updates its advice to British travellers about immediate risks.