Bahrain (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 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 06.12.2021
1. Passengers arriving from or who have transited through Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Bahrain.
2. 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;
– passengers with:
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in countries that are eligible for visa on arrival; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Jordan Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles or United Arab Emirates.
Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V.
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 6 years;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate.
4. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.
5. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 10 days.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, if arriving from a country other than Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Jordan Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles or United Arab Emirates showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, if arriving from a country other than Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in countries that are eligible for visa on arrival, if arriving from a country other than Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V.
6. Flights from Addis Ababa (ABB) and Baku (BAK) are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
7. Flights from Iraq, Lebanon and Syria are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
8. 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, if arriving from a country other than Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
9. 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).

The Kingdom’s Red Listed Countries include:

– The Republic of South Africa

– The Republic of Namibia

– The Republic of Botswana

– The Republic of Zimbabwe

– The Kingdom Lesotho

– The Kingdom of Eswatini

– The Republic of Malawi

– The Republic of Mozambique

– The Republic of Angola

– The Republic of Zambia

– The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Passengers from Red List countries, including those who have transited through Red List Countries, are prohibited from entry, except for citizens or residents of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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