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Bahrain Holidays,  Bahrain Holiday Packages Overview

Flanked on each side by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain is an archipelago located in the Persian Gulf. The country is known for its social liberalism when compared to the other countries in the region. It is a popular with tourists because of its authentic Arab feel and lack of strict Islamic rules. The culture in Bahrain is fairly relaxed. It is also a shopping and social mecca with a cosmopolitan feel, making it increasingly popular with visitors.

Bahrain combines the legacy of more than 5000 years with modern culture. It is home to many forts like the World Heritage Site of Qalat Al Bahrain. The island also has a number of excellent museums that attract a lot of attention from visitors. The Bahrain National Museum houses artefacts spanning over 9,000 years to showcase the history of the country. Beit Al Quran is another excellent museum showcasing the Quran's Islamic artefacts.

Bahrain offers a rich selection of historical attractions like the Al Khamis Mosque, one of the oldest in the region and Barbar Temple, an ancient temple dating back to the Dilmunite Period. The Saar Temple, A'ali Burial Molunts and Arad Fort of Muharraq are equally impressive. The Sakhir desert in Bahrain is home to the 400 year old Tree of Life.

Horse riding, scuba diving and bird watching are popular activities. Manama offers a diverse selection of shopping malls like the Seef Mall and Bahrain City Centre along with traditional markets like the Gold Souq and Manama Souq that attract thousands.

Tourist Offices - Bahrain Tourist Office, Manama: +973 715 713 or www.bahraintourism.com

 

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Entry Requirements

 

All persons who wish to enter Bahrain need a visa except citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates). Visas are relatively easy to obtain on arrival and are extendable. All visitors also require a passport valid for at least six months, and tickets or documentation for return or onward travel.


- For Australians - Australians need a passport and an eVisa, obtainable via the Internet (www.evisa.gov.bh) prior to their visit, or a 14-day tourist or business visa obtainable on arrival.


- New Zealanders require a passport and an eVisa, obtainable via the Internet (www.evisa.gov.bh) prior to their visit, or a 14-day tourist or business visa obtainable on arrival.


- US citizens require a passport and a visa or electronic visa to enter Bahrain. Single entry Electronic Visas may be obtained on the Internet (www.evisa.gov.bh) before travel, or a 14-day tourist or business visa can be obtained on arrival.


- US citizens require a passport and a visa or electronic visa to enter Bahrain. Single entry Electronic Visas may be obtained on the Internet (www.evisa.gov.bh) before travel, or a 14-day tourist or business visa can be obtained on arrival.


- British nationals require a passport and an eVisa, obtainable via the Internet (www.evisa.gov.bh) prior to their visit, or a three-month tourist or business visa obtainable on arrival.

 

Bahrain Holidays - Currency of Bahrain

 

The official currency is the Bahraini Dinar (BHD), divided into 1,000 fils. Notes come in denominations of 500 fils, and 1, 5, 10 and 20 dinars. The BD is linked to the US Dollar at a rate of US$1=BD 0.375. Money can be exchanged at the airport, bureaux de change (which usually offer the best rates), commercial banks in Manama or at moneychangers operating in the souq. ATMs are available in the larger towns. Credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted at hotels and the larger retail stores, but smaller shops generally prefer cash. It is easiest to carry travellers cheques in US dollars to avoid additional charges. Most offices, businesses and government departments are closed on fridays as it is a weekly holiday. Banks are usually open 7.30am-12pm and 3.30pm-5.30pm, Saturday to Wednesday, and 7.30am-11am Thursdays.

 

Bahrain Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international direct dialling code for Bahrain is 973, and the outgoing code 00. There are no city or area codes. Public phone booths are easily located, some accepting freely available phone cards and some coins. The country is covered by a GSM 900 and 1800 mobile phone network. There are several Internet service providers and Internet is available at most of the larger hotels in Manama.

 

Bahrain Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers to Bahrain over 18 years do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 250g tobacco (in open packets); perfume up to 237ml; 1 litre alcoholic liquor and 6 cans of beer for non-Muslim passengers only; and gifts to the value of BD250. Arms and ammunition, methylated spirits, drugs and jewellery require an Import Permit.

 

Bahrain Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

If service charge is not added to the bill, waiters and taxi drivers expect a 10% tip. Porters will be happy with about 100 fils per item of baggage.

 

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