The Bahraini Government has issued a new law mandating health insurance coverage must be provided to all citizens, residents and visitors in the country. Proof of insurance is expected to be compulsory for the issuing and renewal of employment and residence permits in January 2019, when the law will come into force. The mandatory health insurance will be funded through the payment of an insurance subscription, covering benefits which are set out in a package relevant to each category of an insured person (e.g.: citizens’ package, residents’ package, etc). Subscriptions for citizens will be paid by the Bahraini Government. Employers will need to enrol foreign national workers (and their dependents, if this is stated in the employment contract). Enrolment for visitors will be covered by the visitors themselves. A list of approved health insurance providers is yet to be published.