No Quarantine needed at Bahrain; Government reveals new decision

By Backend Office, Desk Reporter
Bahrain
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The Kingdom of Bahrain has lifted the 10-day quarantine policy which was mandated for all incoming passengers once they are tested negative on their test upon arrival in the country. 

The revision in policy was announced by the Government Executive Committee, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, Health.

The move comes after the consideration of a COVID-19 periodic revision report submitted by the National Medical Task Force for combatting the coronavirus (COVID-19), headed by HE Lieutenant-General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Health.

The review conducted by the task force revealed that only a low 0.2% average rate of positive cases were seen among incoming travelers to the country who have conducted an exit swab after completing their 10-day quarantine period between July 1, 2020, and August 16, 2020.

Other decisions taken by the Government Executive Committee were; 

  • Compulsory COVID-19 PCR testing for all passengers arriving into Bahrain International Airport will remain intact;
  • All incoming travelers are required to pay $159.15 towards the cost of two COVID-19 tests, an arrival test, and a test to be conducted after their stay in Bahrain for 10 days.
  • All incoming passengers are required to download and activate the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ application;
  • All incoming passengers must sign a declaration stating that they will follow the Ministry of Health’s self-isolating regulations until their COVID-19 test carried out upon arrival in Bahrain is confirmed negative;
  • Citizens and residents, as well as travelers staying for a duration longer than 10 days, must test again on the 10th day of their arrival; and
  • Travelers who test positive upon arrival will be contacted on the information provided to health authorities.

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