Bahrain - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction categories relative to Bahrain

  • Countries with restrictions for long term stays (>90 days)
  • Countries deporting people with HIV

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
No restrictions for tourists. All foreign citizens applying for residence permits must submit locally performed medical exams, including HIV tests. Anyone who tests HIV positive is immediately deported.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Bahrain

All declared HIV-positive foreigners risk immediate deportation; deportation may be applied to all “communicable diseases.” Although you are not required to declare HIV status upon arrival, the government revokes visas of non-Bahrainis who are HIV positive. Please verify this information with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain before traveling.

Travelers with HIV:
 Carry enough medication to cover your intended stay, since obtaining drugs locally could be difficult and/or lead to deportation. Pharmacies reportedly will not sell AIDS drugs to non-Bahraini citizens without a permit from the Ministry of Health. Similarly, health facilities and pharmacies are required to report HIV-positive foreigners to the Ministry of Health.

(Source: 1)

Health records must be submitted with work and residency permit applications.

(Source: 2)


HIV treatment information for Bahrain

no information available


HIV information / HIV NGOs in Bahrain

  • no source

    Global Criminalisation of HIV Transmission Scan

    The Global Criminalisation Scan is an initiative of GNP+. It aims to collect and keep up to date information on national and state level laws criminalising the transmission of or exposure to HIV. It also aims to provide an easily accessible ‘clearing-house’ of resources, research, and initiatives on the subject and to provide a platform for advocacy initiatives.

    Find out more about the scan and the criminalisation of HIV transmission legislation at



    1. US State Department Of State; Bureau of Consular Affairs; / June 25, 2019; consulted June 18, 2021
    2. Permanent Mission of The Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Nations, Geneva, website consulted June 18, 2021


    updated: 6/18/2021
    Corrections and additions welcome. Please use the contact us form.

    Comments on HIV-restrictions in Bahrain