Entry to Bahrain: No PCR test needed for coronavirus ‘immune’ visitors from GCC

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Travelers from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries who have been immunized against or recovered from coronavirus will no longer be required to undergo a PCR test for the virus upon arrival in Bahrain, as per the official reports.

According to a statement from the country’s top coronavirus committee, the move, which will take effect on the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, does not apply to children aged 6 to 17. Meanwhile, visitors from the GCC states can use the official app in their respective countries to confirm their vaccination or recovery status.

Travelers arriving in Bahrain from the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States, and Canada must present approved vaccination certificates, which will be verified. However, they must undergo a PCR test upon entering the country and again on the fifth day after arrival, as well as self-quarantine until the test results are available.

“Concerning all vaccinated visitors not included in the above, it has been decided to accept the vaccination certificates approved in their countries and they must carry a QR code of the test result. They will be provided with a card proving the acceptance of their vaccination certificates after verification. They also need to take a PCR test upon arrival and on the fifth and tenth day and self-quarantine until the results of the test are out,” as per the statement.

Furthermore, all travelers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, including transit travelers, must present a certificate proving the negative result of a coronavirus laboratory examination containing a QR code 48 hours before the departure time. They also need to undergo tests on the fifth and tenth day of their arrival.

Meanwhile, children under the age of 12 will be able to use indoor services if accompanied by a vaccinated or recovered adult. Entry for those aged 12-17 is permitted in all cases.

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