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04 Sep 2020 | 08:10 PM UTC

Bahrain: Authorities ease travel restrictions from September 4 /update 17

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Bahrain authorities ease travel restrictions from September 4; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/4/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/11/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bahrain). COUNTRY/REGION Bahrain

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Event

Authorities in Bahrain eased travel restrictions for residents of neighboring Gulf countries as well as certain visa holders on Friday, September 4, following a months-long closure due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Individuals with electronic visas, and those eligible for a visa upon arrival, are permitted to enter the country, provided they take a PCR test for the disease upon arrival at their own expense. Arrivals will be required to self-isolate while awaiting test results.

Several preventative measures remain in place in Bahrain, with schools and universities closed and gatherings of more than five people banned. Social distancing measures are in place, and face masks are mandatory in public.

As of September 4, there have been 53,433 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bahrain, including 195 deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized. 

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

 

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