Bahrain has continued to be affected by a politically turbulent period that began with an uprising in 2011. More than 10 years later, periodic violent protests and demonstrations still continue. The unrest has largely occurred outside of the capital, but protest activity in Manama is occasionally reported. These are dangers that expats should be able to navigate fairly easily as long as they avoid such gatherings.

In terms of crime, Bahrain is relatively safe, but expats should be careful on the road as fellow drivers can be erratic and unpredictable.

Protests in Bahrain

Expats are advised to avoid crowded places when protests and demonstrations are taking place. From time to time, when political violence flares up, the Bahraini government may enforce a curfew, and it is recommended that expats respect these regulations for their own safety.

Crime in Bahrain

The crime rate in Bahrain is low and unlikely to impact expats. Crimes are generally petty in nature and include opportunistic theft, burglary and pickpocketing. Basic precautions, such as avoiding travel at night in unsafe areas and securing valuables, will lower the risk of being targeted. Expats should use their common sense and be vigilant.

Terrorism in Bahrain

Bahrain has not been affected by terrorism to the same degree as some of its neighbours in recent years. Nonetheless, the country is occasionally the target of low-level and relatively unsophisticated incendiary attacks. These typically occur during demonstrations or periods of civil unrest and are used against the police and other security services.

Road safety in Bahrain

While road conditions in Bahrain are good, speeding is a major cause of road fatalities. Death rates have improved in recent years, but driving remains risky. Other potential road hazards include wandering animals and drifting sand.

It's common among expats to hire a local driver, as this tends to be a safer way to travel than driving themselves. Expats who do opt to drive should do so defensively and with caution, particularly on major highways and during times of reduced visibility.

Read more about getting around in Transport and Driving in Bahrain.

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