Bahrain eases its entry procedures

Starting today (Sunday), January 9, Bahrain updates its entry protocols, requiring passengers arriving at Bahrain International Airport to undergo just one PCR test. Here is what you need to know

The Kingdom of Bahrain has updated its COVID-19 measures. Starting today (Sunday), January 9, more moderate entry requirements apply to all passengers aged six and above upon arrival at Bahrain International Airport.

According to Gulf Daily News, the new protocols were announced by Health Ministry Under-Secretary Dr. Waleed Al Manea during a virtual Press conference at the Crown Prince Centre for Training and Medical Research, Riffa.

With the new entry procedures, fully vaccinated or recently recovered passengers must present a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours before boarding a flight to the Kingdom, instead of the previously required 48 hours.

Starting today, vaccinated passengers arriving in Bahrain will also have to take just one PCR test upon arrival.

To be considered fully vaccinated, passengers must present valid proof of vaccination. It should be noted that Bahrain has signed a mutual vaccination recognition agreement with Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Hungary, Jordan, and Seychelles.

Recovered passengers must present proof of recovery within eight months of their arrival in Bahrain.

As for unvaccinated passengers, before boarding a flight to Bahrain, they must present a similar negative PCR test administered within 72 hours before boarding a flight to Bahrain and undergo a similar test upon arrival.

However, unvaccinated passengers must also be quarantined for ten days at their hotel (passengers below 12-years old are exempt).

The cost of PCR testing in Bahrain is BHD 12 (around USD 32), and passengers are encouraged to submit payment before they arrive at the Bahrain International Airport through BeAware App or the Bahrain eGovernment Portal.


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