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No PCR test for coronavirus ‘immune’ visitors from GCC as Bahrain unveils new entry rules

May 07, 2021
 Travelers from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, who have been inoculated against coronavirus or have recovered from it, will no longer have to undergo a PCR test for the virus upon their arrival in Bahrain. — BNA file photo
Travelers from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, who have been inoculated against coronavirus or have recovered from it, will no longer have to undergo a PCR test for the virus upon their arrival in Bahrain. — BNA file photo

Saudi Gazette report

MANAMA — Travelers from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, who have been inoculated against coronavirus or have recovered from it, will no longer have to undergo a PCR test for the virus upon their arrival in Bahrain.

The move, which will come into force on the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, does not apply to the age group between 6-17 years, the Bahrain News Agency reported early Friday citing a statement from the country’s top committee to deal with coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the visitors from the GCC states can confirm their vaccination or recovery status on the official app being used in their respective countries.

Travelers who are vaccinated in the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States and Canada with approved vaccination certificates, will be provided with a vaccination certification card proving the acceptance of their vaccination status. However, these passengers will have to undergo required PCR testing, to self-isolate until a negative result is returned, and undergo further testing on their 5th and 10th day of their stay.

Additionally, passengers fully vaccinated in countries not mentioned above with valid a vaccination certificate with a QR code will be provided with a vaccination certification card proving the acceptance of their vaccination status, but will have to undergo required PCR testing, self-isolate until a negative result is returned, and undergo further testing on their 5th and 10th day of their stay.

However, travelers arriving from or transiting through India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, above the age of 6 must provide proof of a negative PCR test with a QR code conducted not more than 48 hours before departure, as well as undergoing further PCR testing on their 5th and 10th day of their stay.



Meanwhile, those below the age of 12 will be able to enjoy indoor services, provided that they are accompanied by a vaccinated or recovered adult. Entry for those aged 12-17 is permitted in all cases. Non-vaccinated individuals and non-recovered individuals are not permitted to enter or make use of the indoor services set out below:

— All indoor dining services at restaurants and cafes

— Indoor gymnasiums

— Indoor swimming pools

— Indoor cinemas

— Spas

— Indoor and outdoor entertainment and game centers

— Events, exhibitions and conferences

— Fan attendance at indoor and outdoor sporting events

May 07, 2021
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