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

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: