Bahrain suspends entry of travellers from India from May 24, 2021 onwards. According to the reports from Bahrain News Agency, the medical task force formed by the Bahrain government for fighting COVID-19 Corona virus had recommended to suspend flights from the red list countries including India. This is a huge blow to non-resident Indians who was planning to travel to other countries via Bahrain.
The red listed countries for travel by Bahrain includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. However, the ban is not applicable for residents and residency visa holders of Bahrain. They can enter the country and undergo mandatory quarantine and series of COVID tests as per the existing guidelines.
Bahrain has also announced a 10-day mandatory for all non-vaccinated passengers arriving from other countries.
“Bahraini citizens and residency visa holders are not subject to the suspension but will have to present an approved PCR test certificate conducted no more than 48 hours prior to boarding and undertake another PCR test on arrival and on the tenth day of stay. In addition, citizens and residency visa holders must quarantine for ten days at their residence or at a licensed quarantine facility…,” Bahrain News Agency claimed.
Vaccinated travelers are exempted from quarantine If they are vaccinated in Bahrain and hold a Bahrain-issued vaccination certificate or a certificate issued by a country whose vaccination certificate is approved by authorities in Bahrain, or a certificate issued by a country that has a reciprocal recognition agreement with the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Quarantine exemption is also applicable for those who are travelling from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, a member state of the European Union, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, or Singapore and holds a valid vaccination certificate issued by these countries.
Bahrain has recently become a transit destination for NRIs working across the world where direct travel was banned. People could visit Bahrain and quarantine themselves for the specific days mentioned by the govt. and then could travel to other countries which already banned direct travelers from India.