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: returntocampusqueriesbh@rcsi-mub.com.

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.

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.

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 www.moh.gov.bh 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 www.mofa.gov.bh 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 studentservices@rcsi-mub.com 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.

At present all passengers arriving into Bahrain will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and will be tested for COVID-19.

Please note that arriving passengers will be charged for the first COVID-19 test (approximately BD30) and the second COVID-19 test.

Testing may cause delays on arrival as this process can take time, so be prepared.

The compulsory 10-day self-isolation period has been lifted for all passengers who test negative to the first COVID-19 test performed upon arrival in Bahrain. All passengers must sign a form stating that they will follow self-isolation regulations until their first test result is published, usually in 1-2 days. When the first COVID-19 test result issued is negative, passengers can resume their normal activities (no quarantine). For citizens and residents, a second COVID-19 test is compulsory on the 10th day of their arrival.

You will then be given an appointment for a second test. If the test is negative, you will be discharged. If you receive a positive COVID-19 result, you will be contacted by the Ministry of Health (MoH). If you meet the criteria for home self-isolation you will be allowed to quarantine within your residence, while adhering to self- isolation precautions. If you do not meet the criteria stipulated for home self-isolation you will be transferred to one of the MOH quarantine facilities to complete the isolation period. You will have an exit test after that period and if negative you will be discharged.

You must download the BeAware Bahrain App (you can do this in advance of travelling). Please stay updated with the latest information issued by the Ministry of Health (website www.moh.gov.bh). Pease note that there are severe penalties for breaking quarantine/self-isolation.

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; student-health@rcsi-mub.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: student-health@rcsi-mub.com. 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; student-health@rcsi-mub.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 student-health@rcsi-mub.com. 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 student-health@rcsi-mub.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 student-health@rcsi-mub.com 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 student-health@rcsi-mub.com.

A second wave is a possibility. RCSI Bahrain will continue to monitor the situation closely and will adapt and amend educational provision according to all government regulations and to ensure your health and safety at all times.

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.

Currently the winter break is as originally scheduled. Of course, all such matters are being kept under constant review as the global situation is constantly changing and we will let you know as soon as possible of any updates.

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: returntocampusqueriesbh@rcsi-mub.com.