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🦠 Bahrain COVID-19 travel requirements

Last updated: 4 October 2021, 10:59 (GMT +4)

Travel to Bahrain

Entry to Bahrain is restricted to specified nationalities and categories of passengers. Please check the requirements before you travel.

GCC nationals travelling to Bahrain must check if they need to use their passports at immigration upon their return. Some countries like the United Arab Emirates allow GCC nationals to arrive with passports only, so carrying your ID card alone may not be sufficient.

GCC residents travelling to Bahrain from the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now receive a visa on arrival in Bahrain. This regulation includes domestic workers and drivers if they are travelling with their sponsors. 

The visa on arrival facility is not available to:

  • Passengers who started their journey in Qatar
  • Laborers

COVID-19 testing requirements

From 29 August 2021, passengers eligible for entry to the Kingdom of Bahrain are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate including a QR code. The test needs to be conducted not more than 72 hours before departure.

  • Passengers travelling to Bahrain from the USA, UK, EU, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan or Hong Kong can be accepted with a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate without a QR code.

For passengers departing from red list countries, the test needs to be conducted not more than 48 hours before departure:

  • Current red list countries: Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Philippines, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

Exemptions:

  • Children under six years of age.
  • Fully vaccinated or recovered passengers with certificates approved by the health authorities in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Currently, certificates issued by Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Cyprus, Seychelles, State of Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates are accepted, provided that the last dose was administered at least 14 days before departure.

Passengers must provide their vaccination or immunity status either through a paper certificate issued by public health authorities in the country where the vaccines were administered, or alternatively through an official mobile application that is recognised by the Ministry of Health in Bahrain.

This exemption is not applicable for those who are departing from red list countries.

All passengers above 6 years old entering the Kingdom of Bahrain are required to undergo COVID-19 PCR testing upon arrival and on days 5 and 10 of their stay in Bahrain, with no exemptions.

Quarantine

The following categories of passengers must quarantine for 10 days at an NHRA approved hotel or at the passenger’s residence. A proof of residence must be provided at the time of check-in - either an owned property, or a property leased by the passenger or an immediate family member:

  • Passengers arriving from red list countries
  • Non-vaccinated passengers
  • Passengers without a vaccination certificate recognised by the Government of Bahrain. Currently certificates issued by Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Cyprus, Seychelles, State of Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates are recognised.

Exemptions:

  • Children under six years of age.
  • Passengers with vaccination certificates from countries listed on the official government website (except Georgia, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Ukraine) that are eligible to obtain an on-arrival visa. The last dose should be administered at least 14 days before departure.

Passengers must provide their vaccination or immunity status either through a paper certificate issued by public health authorities in the country where the vaccines were administered, or alternatively through an official mobile application that is recognised by the Ministry of Health in Bahrain.

Please refer to the latest list of NHRA approved quarantine facilities.

Mandatory testing (BD 36 for PCR tests on arrival in Bahrain) and quarantine costs will be at the passenger’s expense.

  • The payment for the test on arrival can be made through the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ App, which is a must to have with the passenger before reaching Bahrain. The links for downloading this app are:
  • Payment can also be made through the eGOVERNMENT website
  • Payment by cash is also accepted upon arrival, however this will cause delays for the passenger.

Travel Eligibility

Entry to Bahrain is restricted to Bahraini citizens, residents, GCC citizens who do not need a visa, passengers eligible to obtain a visa on arrival, passengers with a valid eVisa, military personnel and airline crew.

Visa on arrival facility is reintroduced for citizens of eligible countries. To check if you are eligible for a visa on arrival or apply for an eVisa, please visit the Bahrain eVisa System.

From 25 June 2021, 23:59hrs (Bahrain time), the visas on arrival facility is suspended for expatriate residents of GCC countries, unless they are nationals of countries whose citizens are eligible for visa on arrival. Please refer to this link for a list of countries that are eligible for visa on arrival.

Currently, passengers are not allowed to enter Bahrain from the following red list countries: Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Philippines, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zimbabwe including those who have transited through these countries within the last 14 days of their intended travel to Bahrain, unless they are:

  • Bahraini Citizens
  • Passengers holding valid residence visas or LMRA employment visas for Bahrain

All passengers arriving in Bahrain must hold an e-visa, a return ticket and sufficient funds to cover their stay in Bahrain, except for passengers with nationalities that entitle them to get a visa on arrival in Bahrain.

E-visas and visa on arrival are currently suspended for passengers from all 26 countries in the red list.

Passengers must have a valid hotel reservation for their 10-day quarantine at an NHRA approved hotel. They are required to download the Be Aware Bahrain app and complete payment.

Required Forms

All passengers must complete the Bahrain declaration health form before arrival.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.