Information for students

Frequently asked questions

We understand that this is a time of uncertainty for you all and that you are anxious about joining RCSI Bahrain or returning to study in the current COVID-19 situation. The priority for us is to ensure your health and safety in a new learning environment, and your successful engagement in your programme of study. We will be advising you of these plans as they are confirmed.

We advise you to consult information on the 'COVID-19 Advice to Students' page on the RCSI Bahrain VLE which provides students with the latest information on the situation in Bahrain and updated advice.

As of 2021:

  • COVID-19 vaccination is compulsory for all new and returning students starting from the academic year 2021/22
  • COVID-19 vaccination is compulsory to access teaching hospitals and clinical sites in Bahrain
  • We recommend for overseas students to get vaccinated prior to starting the academic year 2021/22; alternatively, if overseas students cannot be vaccinated in their country of origin before coming to Bahrain to start academic year 2021/22, please book your appointment for vaccination upon your arrival in Bahrain through the BeAware Bahrain app, or on the Health Alert Website
  • New and returning students with underlying health conditions or concerns in regard to COVID-19 vaccination should contact Student Health

Flight Status

All travelers are advised to reconfirm the status of their flights with their airlines before their departure times. Passengers may also contact the Bahrain International Airport call centre on 80007777 or the international number +973 80114444 to check the status of their flights.

Entry into Bahrain Information

You are advised to check with your Embassy in Bahrain (if applicable), who may be able to provide you with latest developments in terms of air travel and entry into Bahrain.

Information on Arrivals at Bahrain International Airport:

  • Passengers are advised to check with their airlines to confirm the status of their flights in advance.
  • On September 4, 2020, the Government of Bahrain resumed visas upon arrival for eligible nationalities, For more information visit MOI – Visa and Passport Services website.
  • Upon arrival to Bahrain please download the BeAware Bahrain App, through which you will pay and receive results of arrival COVID-19 tests. All arriving passengers will be tested for COVID-19 at their own expense.
  • All passengers who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 must undergo a test on arrival in Bahrain International Airport. No quarantine on arrival is necessary. The Ministry of Health will communicate with you if you are COVID-19 positive. Passengers under six years old are exempted from testing on arrival.
  • All incoming passengers at the Bahrain International Airport or at seaports arriving from countries with COVID-19 cases will be given a health questionnaire and screened. All travelers must comply with the requirements of the Government of Bahrain.
  • Passengers from Red List countries, including those who have transited through Red List countries in the preceding 14 days, are prohibited from entry, except for citizens or residents of the Kingdom of Bahrain. For more information please visit the Health Alert website.
  • Depending on the symptoms and risk factors, positive COVID-19 patients can either isolate at home or isolate at a private facility approved by the government of Bahrain. High risk, severely symptomatic individuals will be Isolated in one of the government’s assigned isolation facilities. Bahrain has several Isolation facilities in different locations, and patients get assigned to each facility on a case-by-case basis based on available vacancies.
  • It is mandatory for all individuals to wear a face mask in all public venues.

Call 444 if you experience any of the symptoms related to the COVID-19. The hotline is available 24/7, in Arabic and English.

  • COVID-19 tests through the 444 hotline are free for citizens and residents of Bahrain.
  • Rapid antigen COVID-19 tests are available at pharmacies nationwide. The cost is approx 2.5 BD ($6.60). Please note a rapid antigen test does not replace the accuracy of a PCR COVID-test.
  • COVID-19 PCR tests can be booked online through the BeAware Bahrain app. You can also visit a private hospital of your choice and pay for a test. Please reach out to individual hospitals for turnaround times and prices.

For any enquiries not addressed above, please email: