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. After the consulting the VLE page and your question is not answered, please email your query to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember that this is an evolving situation and change occurs on a daily basis. Be sure to consult other sources that can provide you with the latest information, such as government websites and airline updates. Please read all questions and answers carefully.
Academic Year 2021-22:
- 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
- The Government of Bahrain has mandated that certain social spaces, events, and facilities (eg cinemas, gyms, indoor dining areas) are only accessible for people who have been COVID-19 vaccinated
- 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 email@example.com
COVID-19 in Bahrain and travel matters
The government of the Kingdom of Bahrain has led a robust response, which includes:
- Implementation of the BeAware Bahrain app.
- Temperature monitoring when entering public areas e.g. shops.
- Restrictions on gatherings.
- Mandatory wearing of face coverings in public – in some places you will not be allowed to enter if you are not wearing a mask.
- Increased testing.
Those who have received a COVID-19 vaccination and those who have recovered from the virus should present:
- A green shield visible on the “BeAware Bahrain” application for citizens and residents of Bahrain.
- The green logo displayed within the official COVID-19 applications for GCC nationals and residents.
- Vaccinated visitors should present the acceptance card of certified vaccination, provided upon arrival to the Kingdom
Maximum capacity and social distancing at restaurants, gyms, recreational centres and cinemas.
For all arrivals into Bahrain, testing and isolation period for those testing positive.
Please note that there are penalties for not wearing face masks in public and for not following government directives.
Bahrain offers free testing of suspected cases and free health care for all COVID-19 cases (expatriates included). The Ministry of Health website contains information about the current COVID-19 situation in Bahrain.
When planning to fly in to Bahrain you should check with the Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or call +97317227555 for travel advice.
You should also consult with your airline, as well as the public health advisory in the country from which you are travelling. Some countries may require specific documentation such as proof of travel insurance or medical insurance, or a letter confirming the reason for your travel.
The Ministry of Health website contains information about the current COVID-19 situation in Bahrain. Please contact Student Services firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about your residence/student visa, or about your accommodation.
New students should contact Student Services for other documentation required, such as a letter from the university to exist their country.
Please note that published travel schedules change frequently. Please refer to the VLE page ‘COVID-19 Advice for Students’ for more information about travelling to Bahrain.
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.
- Passengers who are fully vaccinated or recovered in the Gulf Corporate Council countries are no longer required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival if evidence of vaccination or recovery through certification or official GCC mobile application is provided.
- Passengers vaccinated in countries with mutual recognition of vaccination certificate will also not undergo required COVID-19 PCR testing upon arrival, if evidence of a recognised vaccine is provided.
- Travelers vaccinated in the UK, the EU, the USA and Canada with approved vaccination certificates, will be provided with a vaccination certification card proving the acceptance of their vaccination status. However, these passengers will have to undergo required PCR testing, to self-isolate until a negative result is returned, and undergo further testing on their 5th and 10th day of their stay.
- As per the latest entry procedures, starting from Monday 22 February 2021 all arriving passengers will be tested three times. The first mandatory COVID-19 test will be performed upon arrival. You must self-isolate on arrival until you receive the result of your COVID-19 arrival test through the BeAware Bahrain app (normally around 24hours). The second COVID-19 test will be performed 5 days after the arrival date and the third COVID-19 test will be performed 10 days after the arrival date. Please note that the total fee for the three COVID-19 tests will be reduced to BD36.
- If your test is negative, you may resume normal activity. 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.
- 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. 4 BD ($10.60). For more information on the Antigen tests please click here, Please note a rapid antigen tests does not replace the accuracy of a PCR COVID-test.
- COVID-19 PCR tests can be booked online through the BeAware Bahrain app for a free test at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. You can also visit the following private hospitals and pay for a test (between BD 45 to BD 75; $119-199):
- American Mission Hospital.
- Awali Hospital – Bapco.
- AlKindi Specialised Hospital.
- Royal Bahrain Hospital.
- Ibn Al-Nafees Hospital.
- Middle East Hospital Bahrain.
- Bahrain Specialist Hospital.
- Tariq Hospital.
- Noor Specialist Hospital Bahrain.
- The University Medical Center of King Abdullah Medical City (UMC).
- Al Salam Specialist Hospital.
- Al Rayan Hospital Bahrain.
Vaccines increase the levels antibodies against bacteria and viruses, which triggers an immune response within the body against diseases.
Vaccines are one of the most important preventive measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. They protect oneself and the community and reduces viral transmission rates as well as deaths associated with the virus. Being up to date with recommended vaccinations increases herd immunity rates and protects the vulnerable population.
Vaccines are generally safe, and their benefits outweigh their risks. Vaccines undergo several clinical trials during which time the safety and efficacy of the vaccine is assessed.
No, the production process wasn't expedited; however, international cooperation and advancements in technology has allowed scientists to work at a more efficient speed, which allowed for the viral genetic code to be published in January. Furthermore, many countries have manufactured vaccines via both traditional and new methods, all within the generally accepted scientific requirements.
Some local side effects may occur at the injection site, such as pain and swelling. Moreover, there may be further general symptoms, including headaches, nausea, and slight fever.
Side effects are dealt with when they occur depending on their type and severity. Painkillers may be used for simple symptoms like pain at the site of injection or headaches, while medical advice should be sought for moderate or severe symptoms.
- Individuals wishing to get vaccinated should not have symptoms related to the COVID-19, and should not have allergies to any of the vaccine's components.
- Women should not be pregnant, or planning on getting pregnant, or be breastfeeding at the time of vaccination.
The (Covid-19) vaccine is given to adults aged 18 years and above.
Yes, however, a person who already had active COVID-19, should receive the vaccine 90 days after the infection. Health workers on the front lines and other vulnerable individuals, can receive the vaccine regardless of their immunity level.
The immune response varies between people. Some people may not have sufficient immunity to protect them from being infected with the virus but getting vaccinated may protect them from moderate and severe symptoms.
To register for the vaccine please register online via the Ministry of Health’s website.
Health and Safety Matters
The University is implementing a number of key health and safety measures, which will change how your curriculum is delivered. This includes teaching, for example online lectures and small groups on campus, which will respect social distancing measures. There will be a maximum number of people permitted on campus at any one time, and visits to the library or consultations with staff must be scheduled.
Students must adhere to the schedules available on VLE, as access to campus will be strictly controlled to ensure that social distancing is properly managed.
RCSI Bahrain is committed to ensuring that students receive the best possible academic programme that can be delivered during this challenging period.
If you are concerned you might have COVID-19, for example you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 such as fever, headache, dry persistent cough, sore throat, or have recently been in close contact with a confirmed case, the following is advised:
- Firstly, self-isolate at home in a separate room, avoid close contact with others.
- Call the COVID Hotline on 444 and follow the instructions given.
- You should inform the Student Health & Well-being Team of your situation by emailing; email@example.com.
- The Student Health and Well-being Team will offer advice and support.
While waiting for your results you should strictly adhere to the guidance given by the MoH. You should self-isolate in a separate room from others, avoid contact with others, only leave your residence in the case of an emergency and if you need to leave, you should wear a face mask. You should inform the Student health and Well-being Team of your situation by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you receive a positive result, you should refer to the following question for further guidance.
First, you must strictly adhere to the guidance you have been given by the MoH upon receiving your result. You should immediately self-isolate and should not come onto campus. You should only leave your residence in the case of an emergency and if you do need to leave you must wear a face mask. The MoH will ask you to provide the names of those you have had close contact with so that contact tracing can be conducted.
If you live in shared accommodation, we advise you to immediately inform your roommate as they too will be subject to self-isolation period.
You must advise the Student Health and Wellbeing Team by emailing; email@example.com. The Student Health and Well-being Team will offer you support and advice, as well as communicate with your SARA Coordinator to excuse your absence.
If you are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and are home self-isolating, we would encourage you to continue with your online learning during your isolation period.
The Student Health and Wellbeing Team are on hand to support you. We understand students may be anxious at this time and we encourage you to contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have made contact, a member of the team will contact you to offer support and advice. The Student Health and Wellbeing team works with a number of external counsellors/professionals, who can be accessed by a referral from the Team.
RCSI Bahrain has established a number of mechanisms to support students during this challenging time and our ultimate aim is to ensure all students are supported. If you have received a positive test result, you should inform the Student Health and Wellbeing Team by emailing email@example.com. The team will support you during this time and offer advice and information on health management, self-care during isolation and online services available for essential needs.
It is very normal to feel anxious during challenging and uncertain times. For more information on how to manage your anxiety/stress please refer to our self-help resources on the COVID-19 Advice to Students page on the VLE. If you would like to speak with one of our Student Health and Well-being Team you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an online support call or meeting.
Students with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, immunosuppressive drug therapy including systemic corticosteroid treatment, heart conditions, neurological disorders and morbid obesity are at higher risk for COVID-19 illness and complications. If you have any of the above conditions or you consider yourself to be at higher risk due to a condition not identified above you should inform the Student Health and Wellbeing Unit by emailing email@example.com.
Questions about your programme of studies
RCSI Bahrain values the importance of face to face, on campus teaching, supplemented and complemented by online measures given the current limitations. Where possible we want to ensure a continuation of the experience of face to face teaching and learning. In many cases there is teaching which can only be properly delivered in person – for example where clinical procedures, examination techniques, laboratory sessions etc. are required.
RCSI Bahrain maintains the quality of your degree as the most central consideration of everything we are doing despite the constraints due to the global pandemic. Careful analysis of the curriculum for each year has been undertaken so as to ensure that all learning outcomes will be delivered, and all assessment and examinations will be conducted to the usual high standard of RCSI. In fact, the provision of recorded resources will add significantly to your revision and study resources and, if engaged with properly, should enhance your learning.
For any enquiries not addressed above, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.