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Overview of Risks

While the presence of security forces on the street has diminished since the redeployment of Bahrain Defense Force personnel and lifting of the State of National Safety on June 1, 2011, the potential for spontaneous civil and political unrest continues. Anti-government demonstrations have continued in many parts of the country. Spontaneous demonstrations occur in some neighborhoods, particularly at night and on weekends, and often result in violent clashes between security forces and demonstrators. Travel in and around Bahrain could become dangerous without advance warning. Additionally, there is a risk of terrorism throughout the Arabian Peninsula.

The U.S. Embassy restricts its employees from traveling to specific areas of Bahrain.

Note: This summary is not exhaustive. Please visit the U.S. Department of State Country Specific Information, the U.S. Embassy in Manama, and the State Department Travel Warning/Alert for Bahrain.

Updated: 15 November, 2011

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category2 High Risk - Entire country of Bahrain

Useful Links

Links to International News Sources

BBC - Bahrain Country Profile
Reuters - Bahrain
CNN - Bahrain
NPR - Middle East
NY Times - Bahrain
The Washington Post - Middle East
The Huffington Post - Bahrain
MSNBC - Bahrain
The Economist - Bahrain
Al-Jazeera - Middle East

Links to Local/National News Sources

Gulf Daily News - Bahrain
Bahrain News Agency - Bahrain
Akhbar al-Khaleej

The well-being of UT students, faculty, and staff is the primary concern of the UT-Austin International Oversight Committee.  We realize that some areas of the world present heightened health, safety, and security risks, and so the resources above are provided to help UT travelers make informed decisions regarding their international travel.