Bahrain suspends entry of travellers from India (amongst other South Asian nations) from May 24, 2021 onwards

The list of countries putting out restrictions on travel from India continues to grow. UAE extended their restrictions on travel from India to a longer timeframe, and now, Bahrain has added to their ‘red list’.

With effect from May 24, 2021, the Civil Aviation Affairs of Bahrain, announced the suspension of entry for travellers arriving from red list countries, namely: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, on all flights starting Monday, May 24, 2021.

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 approved by the National Health Regulatory Authority of Bahrain.

Vaccinated or non-vaccinated passengers arriving from countries other than the red list must also 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, as well as a quarantine for a period of ten days in their residence or at a licensed quarantine facility.

Passengers arriving from the countries not included in the red list are exempted from:

  • Quarantine and PCR tests: if they are vaccinated 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: if they are vaccinated and hold vaccination certificates issued by the United States of America, the United Kingdom, a member state of the European Union, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan or Singapore.

The Red list countries are modified based on an assessment made by the National Medical Taskforce for Combatting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is periodically reviewed in line with international developments.

With this move, we don’t know how this impacts Lufthansa which has been operating flights via Bahrain to switch crews to India. At least as of May 24, 2021, Bahrain did operate LH760 as Frankfurt-Bahrain-Delhi and LH761 were also operated as Delhi-Bahrain-Frankfurt.

Bottomline

Bahrain has put restrictions on travel from South Asia with effect from May 24, 2021, but continues to allow Bahraini citizens and visa holders to return. This move comes as they try and contain the transmission of the virus across borders at the moment.

Have any of your travel plans gotten affected due to this new move by Bahrain?


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