Bahrain (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 20 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: A fully vaccinated traveler from some countries is not required to undergo PCR tests upon arrival.

For full details about vaccinated passenger click here https://www.bahrainairport.bh/covid-19-travel-information
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Covid-19 test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Required to quarantine until test results arrive.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 13.09.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Bahrain;
– passengers with an e-visa obtained before departure;
– passengers who can obtain a visa on arrival;
– military personnel.
2. Passengers are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been in or transited through Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Philippines, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Viet Nam or Zimbabwe.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Bahrain;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Bahrain.
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure. The test result must have a QR code if arriving from Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Philippines, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Viet Nam or Zimbabwe.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 6 years;
– nationals of Bahrain, Cyprus, Hungary, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles and United Arab Emirates with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
4. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.
5. Passengers must have a reservation confirmation for 10 days, for a designated government hotel listed at https://www.nhra.bh/Departments/HCF/?page=159 or proof that they reside in Bahrain.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 6 years;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Bahrain, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles or United Arab Emirates showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in countries that are eligible for visa on arrival.
6. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 10 days.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Bahrain, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles or United Arab Emirates showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in countries that are eligible for visa on arrival.
7. Flights from Addis Ababa (ABB) and Baku (BAK) are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
8. Flights from Iraq, Lebanon and Syria are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
9. Visa on arrival facility restarted.
– This does not apply to passengers with a residence permit issued by Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates.
10. Border crossing on the causeway is suspended.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) has updated Bahrain’s Red List countries, in line with directives issued by the Government Executive Committee in response to recommendations made by the National Taskforce for Combatting the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Republic of Georgia
Republic of Ukraine
Republic of Malawi
Republic of Mozambique
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Republic of Zimbabwe
People’s Republic of Mongolia
Republic of Namibia
The United States of Mexico
The Republic of Tunisia
The Islamic Republic of Iran
The Republic of South Africa
The Republic of Indonesia
The Republic of Iraq
The Republic of the Philippines
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
The Kingdom of Malaysia
The Republic of Uganda
The Republic of Costa Rica
The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Republic of Slovenia
Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka
People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
The Republic of Ecuador

Passengers arriving from red list countries, including passengers who have transited through any of those countries at any point in the preceding 14 days, are prohibited from entry unless they are:

Bahrain citizens
Residents of Bahrain
GCC citizens who do not need visas (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Oman)
Passengers eligible to obtain a visa on arrival
Passengers with a valid electronic visa
Military
Airline Crews

Bahraini nationals and passengers holding a valid residency visa arriving from a Red Listed country are exempted from the above restriction, provided they:

1. Present an approved PCR test certificate with a QR Code 48 hours before departure for passengers authorized to enter the kingdom and who are coming from countries on the red list.

2. Undergo two PCR tests (costing BHD 24 for both), which will take place on arrival and on the 10th day of their stay.

3. Quarantine for 10 days in their own homes or at a licensed quarantine facility approved by the National Health Regulatory Authority.

4. Provide proof of a pre-paid booking in their name at a quarantine facility before their departure to Bahrain.

5. Travelers who choose to spend their quarantine periods at their homes must provide proof of residence, whether owned or rented in their name or in the name of an immediate relative, before boarding.

6. This decision does not apply to passengers younger than the age of 6.

All passengers, vaccinated or non-vaccinated, arriving to the Kingdom of Bahrain, aged 6 or above must:

1. Undergo two PCR tests (costing BHD 24 for both), which will take place on arrival and on the 10th day of their stay.

2. The cost of the PCR test can be paid through the “BeAware Bahrain” mobile application in addition to the platforms at the airport which permit to pay in cash or electronically by credit cards.

3. This decision does not apply to passengers younger than the age of 6.

Passengers who have received a single dose or are not vaccinated must present a negative test certificate with a QR code for a PCR test administered within 48 hours of their departure. They must also:

1. Present an approved PCR test certificate with a QR Code 48 hours before departure for passengers authorized to enter the kingdom.

2. Undergo two PCR tests (costing BHD 24 for both), which will take place on arrival and on the 10th day of their stay.

3. Quarantine for 10 days in their own homes or at a licensed quarantine facility approved by the National Health Regulatory Authority.

4. Provide proof of a pre-paid booking in their name at a quarantine facility before their departure to Bahrain.

5. Passengers 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.

6. This decision does not apply to passengers younger than the age of 6.

General Procedures:

1. All arrivals must also activate the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ application and sign an agreement to self-isolate, which requires them to quarantine at their place of residence until their arrival test results are available.

2. Citizens planning to travel abroad must comply with entry procedures and requirements at their destinations. They must also sign a declaration form prior to departure, agreeing to bear any medical costs while abroad, as well as mandatory COVID-19 testing once they arrive in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

 

Lockdown Details

On 1 July Bahrain adopted a COVID-19 Traffic Light Alert System, which sets out differing levels of social restriction based on the average COVID-19 positivity rate. Check the detailed measures in force at each alert level (https://healthalert.gov.bh/uploads/e2rlnl5n_1hl.pdf). The current level of alert will be announced on Bahrain’s ‘latest COVID-19 decisions’ website (https://healthalert.gov.bh/en/category/latest-decisions).

As essential services, hospitals, pharmacies, banks, food shops and petrol stations are permitted to remain open at all levels of the traffic light system.
 

Sources

https://bh.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co