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    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Bahrain
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COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions (air, land and sea borders, flight restrictions etc.)
- At present, entry to the Kingdom is restricted to Bahraini citizens, residents, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens who do not need visas, passengers eligible to obtain a visa on arrival, passengers with a valid eVisa, diplomats, military personnel, airline crew, or holders of official, service or UN Passports. To check eligibility for visa-on-arrival or to apply for a visa online, visit https://www.evisa.gov.bh
- Entry to Bahrain is suspended for passengers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Vietnam except for Bahrain citizens and residents, who must provide proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 – with a QR code – conducted not more than 48 hours before departure. They must undergo a 10 day quarantine in their residence or at a hotel designated by the National Health Regulatory Authority and complete another PCR test on the tenth day of quarantine.
(Until further notice)
Entry rules

• Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals
- Passengers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 are no longer required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival or a ten-day quarantine. They must show evidence of vaccination or recovery through a certification or an official GCC mobile application. This decision, as well as the decisions below, do not extend to passengers between the age of six and 17.
- Vaccinated passengers from Australia, Canada, EU, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, UK and USA with approved vaccination certificates, will be provided with a vaccination certification card proving the acceptance of their vaccination status and exempt from the ten-day quarantine. However, these passengers will have to complete the on-arrival PCR testing, self-isolate until a negative result is returned and undergo further testing on the tenth day of their stay.
- Fully vaccinated passengers from countries not mentioned above with a valid vaccination certificate with a QR code will be provided with a vaccination certification card proving the acceptance of their vaccination status. However, they will have to undergo required PCR testing, self-isolate until a negative result is returned and undergo further testing on their fifth and tenth day of their stay.
- Travellers from countries with mutual recognition of vaccination certificates (Cyprus, Greece, Hungary and Israel) will also be exempted from the PCR tests upon arrival and quarantine, if evidence of a recognised vaccine is provided. The authorities have the final discretion on verifying the vaccination status. Follow all official directives given by the airport officials upon arrival.
Documentation required
- Residents of Bahrain and GCC countries: Vaccinated individuals or those who recovered from COVID-19 will no longer need to undergo a PCR test upon arriving in Bahrain and quarantine should they arrive from the King Fahd Causeway, provided that they can present the proof/certificate issued by the Bahraini MoH or other GCC countries on their respective official mobile applications.
- Work permits for citizens from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been suspended indefinitely.
- Unvaccinated travellers and those who received only one shot must present pre-booked quarantine facility confirmation or proof of residency owned or rented by the traveller or an immediate relative.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- All passengers, regardless of nationality and visa status, must present a negative PCR test result with QR code obtained within 48 hours prior to departure. Upon arriving in Bahrain, they must undergo a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test at the airport at their own expense.
- A PCR test certificate accredited by the Saudi Health Ministry within 72 hours of undergoing the test are valid for entry to Bahrain with no requirement for additional testing and quarantine. An original PCR certificate or a test result displayed through the COVID-19 mobile apps (BeAware, Tatamman, Sehhaty, Alhusen) will be accepted.
- COVID-19 PCR testing services at the King Fahd Causeway are no longer available.

• Exemptions
Cabin crew, diplomatic or other official travellers, those arriving from medical travel and children under six years of age are exempt from mandatory PCR testing.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long and where can this be done?
Passengers are required to quarantine for ten days either at home or designated facility approved by Bahrain National Health Regulatory Authority.
Provide proof of a pre-paid booking in their name at a quarantine facility before their departure to Bahrain.
Travelers who choose to spend their quarantine periods in their homes must provide proof of residence, whether owned or rented in their name or the name of an immediate relative, before boarding.
• Approximate cost of quarantine?
Visitors are expected to bear all costs related to COVID-19 testing.
• Additional tests in quarantine?
They must then take another test on the tenth day after arrival. Tests can be booked on the 'BeAware' app, which all arriving travellers need to install. After the test, passengers should remain in their accommodation until a negative result is issued.
(until further notice)
Vaccine requirements

• Who needs to be vaccinated + Type of vaccines recognised/accepted and timeframe since first/second dose?
PCR tests for Bahraini citizens and residents will no longer be required for those who are vaccinated or those who have recovered from the virus, where vaccination certificates can be presented via the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ application (See above entry rules).
(until further notice)
Documentation required
All incoming passengers are required to complete a health questionnaire and provide their contact details.

People arriving in Bahrain from ‘red list’ countries will need to provide a copy of electricity bill, lease agreement as proof of residency, or hotel reservation.
(until further notice)
Transit
- Transit passengers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka must fulfill the same PCR test requirement as well as the restrictions for country of final destination.
- Transit passengers from other countries are not required to undergo testing or self-isolation.
(until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes, partially
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes, partially
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)


Exit rules
• Outbound travel for local nationals / residents
Bahraini citizens travelling abroad must sign a declaration form either through the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ app or handwritten prior to departure, agreeing to bear any medical costs incurred while abroad as well as mandatory COVID-19 testing upon the return.
(Until further notice)

Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
Non-Saudi travellers from Bahrain travelling to KSA should also present PCR test certificates which should not exceed 72 hours from the taking of the sample.
(Until further notice)


Vaccine requirements

• Who needs to be vaccinated?
From Bahrain to KSA via the King Fahd Causeway, travellers must carry health applications on their phone approved for use in GCC countries to confirm they have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus. A green logo should be shown in the app which illustrates whether you have been vaccinated or have recovered from an infection.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? No
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
- Restaurants and cafes are limited to takeout and delivery.
- All sporting centres, cinemas and salons are closed.
- Gatherings, conferences and sporting events are strictly prohibited.

(Ends 2 July 2021)

Other social distancing measures
• General
All individuals are required to wear face masks in public places.

• Gatherings
All public and private gatherings of more than 30 people remain banned.

• Entertainment venues
Only those who have received both doses of vaccination, with the second dose received two weeks previously, are allowed to access indoor services. This measure for entry to public outlets currently applies to indoor dining services, gymnasiums, swimming pools, cinemas, spas, children's play leisure centres, events and conference halls and attendance at sporting events. This restriction applies also to visitors, who can prove their vaccination status with the vaccinated certificate given to them upon entering Bahrain.

• Other
Government entities and institutes must allow 70% of their employees to work from home.
(Ends 2 July 2021)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Bahrain

COVID-19 information for Bahrain

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Although the frequency and scale of anti-government demonstrations has decreased as the government cracks down on opposition activists, small protests will continue to periodically take place primarily in the neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the capital Manama. The security forces are likely to pre-emptively block entry and egress to affected areas and use force to disperse unauthorised crowds. Crime levels are lower than those in the US or western Europe. Bahrain has a relatively liberal atmosphere, compared with neighbouring countries such as Saudi Arabia, but personnel should be mindful of and respect local cultural sensibilities. There is a risk of terrorism throughout the Arabian Peninsula. Potential targets include government buildings, military installations, diplomatic missions and symbolic foreign interests.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks may change at short notice during a crisis or an evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Bahrain
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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