Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 6 June 2017, 13:52 NZST
  • Still current at: 20 August 2017

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in Bahrain due to the potential for civil unrest and the threat from terrorism and we advise caution. 

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Bahrain has suspended all flights to and from Qatar from 6 June 2017 until further notice. Qatar has also suspended all flights to and from Bahrain. New Zealanders travelling between Qatar and Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, or from New Zealand via Qatar to these destinations, are advised to contact their airline or travel agent to see if their bookings are affected and make alternative travel arrangements to reach their destination if necessary.

Civil Unrest/Political Tension
Demonstrations and protests are relatively common in Bahrain, some of which have resulted in violence in the past. Protests have, at times, involved disruption to traffic, the burning of tyres and other debris, throwing of Molotov cocktails and the use of improvised explosive devices. Demonstrations are expected to occur sporadically, including in Shia villages and near economic centres. 

New Zealanders in Bahrain are advised to avoid all protests and political rallies as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. In recent years, security forces have responded to demonstrations with tear gas and rubber bullets. 

There continues to be a visible security presence in Bahrain, particularly around Manama city centre and Shia villages. You should adhere to any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities, including curfews issued in response to protest activity. 

We recommend New Zealanders keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media, including political and regional developments which could result in demonstrations. 

Terrorism
There is a threat from terrorism in Bahrain. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. These include references to attacks on Western interests, including residential compounds, oil, military, transport and aviation interests. 

New Zealanders in Bahrain are advised to maintain a high level of vigilance and personal security awareness at all times – particularly in public and commercial areas known to be frequented by Western expatriates and travellers. If you see a suspicious looking package or object in a public place, you should move away from the immediate vicinity and report the location of the item to police. 

Local travel
Travellers entering the Gulf area by sea should be aware that many areas of the Gulf are highly sensitive, including near maritime boundaries and the islands of Abu Musa and the Tunbs in the Southern Gulf. Some vessels have been inspected and travellers detained. Mariners in particular should make enquiries before considering entering these waters.  

A curfew is in place in the waterways around Bahrain from 1800 hours to 0400 hours. We recommend you adhere to curfew provisions.  

General travel advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Bahrain to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour. 

It is a requirement under Bahraini law to carry photographic identification at all times. Failure to provide suitable identification may result in a fine. 

New Zealanders travelling or living in Bahrain should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. 

New Zealanders in Bahrain are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The New Zealand Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is accredited to Bahrain

Street Address Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Postal Address PO Box 94 397, Riyadh, 11693, Saudi Arabia Telephone +966 1 1 4887735 Fax +966 1 488 7912 Email nzembassyksa@gmail.com Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/saudi-arabia Hours Sun - Thurs 0800 - 1200hrs, 1230 -1500hrs

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Saudi Arabia

Street Address
Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: +966 1 1 4887735

Fax: +966 1 488 7912

Email: nzembassyksa@gmail.com

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/saudi-arabia

Hours: Sun - Thurs 0800 - 1200hrs, 1230 -1500hrs

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