Various restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) remain in effect in Bahrain as of Dec. 3. All arriving travelers must undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at their own expense and are required to self-isolate until a negative test result has been received. An additional PCR test is required 10 days following arrival. Incoming travelers must also download the "BeAware Bahrain" application, which includes a number of tools for contact tracing, scheduling testing appointments, and distributing notifications concerning COVID-19.
Other measures taken by the government include:
GCC nationals, electronic visa holders, and travelers eligible for visas on arrival are permitted to enter Bahrain.
International travelers are allowed to transit through Bahrain International Airport (BAH).
The King Fahad Causeway is open. Those arriving in Bahrain via the causeway are subject to the same procedures as arrivals at BAH. Alternatively, negative PCR certificates acquired from the Saudi Health Ministry taken within 72 hours prior to travel are valid for entry to Bahrain with no requirement for additional testing and quarantine.
Authorities have begun accepting applications for and issuing work permits after having suspended the process in March.
Stringent public health measures are in force, such as the wearing of protective face coverings and social distancing.
Authorities have extended all valid and expired visit visas through Jan. 21, 2021.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Individuals affected by the restrictions should consider postponing planned travel. Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.
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