Bahrain has introduced new travel restrictions for those coming to Bahrain from five countries, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, state-run BNA reported. The Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) announced that entry would be limited to Bahrainis, GCC nationals and travellers with Bahraini residence visa from Sunday (May 23).
In the wake of rising covid cases in the aforementioned countries, NPRA mandates quarantine for ten days and a negative PCR certificate taken 48 hours before the arrival for all those permitted entry. Upon arrival, all travellers are required to undergo a series of three PCR tests costing 36 Dinars, on the first day, the fifth day and the final one on the 10th day of arrival.
Travellers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal holding new work visas are advised to produce a letter confirming their lodging in Bahrain from the respective firms.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom has restricted entry access to most public areas, including shopping malls, restaurants, salons, cinemas and government offices, to immunised residents, those who recovered from coronavirus or completed 14 days after receiving the second jab of the COVID-19 vaccine. Commercial centres such as supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and hospitals are open to non-vaccinated people.