Bahrain EDB's updates on Covid-19

With the current global Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we understand that all of our partners and prospective investors are dealing with enormous challenges. At a time when public health is the utmost priority and global supply chains face unprecedented strain, all governments and businesses must work collectively to contain the virus and manage the economic disruption affecting us all.
In that context, we thought it timely to give a brief update on what is happening in Bahrain. In common with most other nations, Bahrain is affected by COVID-19, but has taken swift and decisive action to try to minimise the impact on people and the business community.
Bahrain's Response to COVID-19
Bahrain has set up a dedicated National Taskforce to tackle the spread of the virus and took measures to ensure that testing and quarantine facilities were set up without delay. Thankfully the measures appear to have helped contain the number of cases. The Kingdom stands ready to take further steps to ensure that the virus does not spread.
As part of this response, several travel restrictions have been put in place, please see the Nationality, Passport & Residence Affairs website for the latest updates.

Passengers who have been in China, Iran, Iraq or South Korea at any point within 14 days of their arrival into the Kingdom of Bahrain will be denied entry into the Kingdom of Bahrain or to transit through Bahrain International Airport with the exceptions of:

  • Bahraini citizens
  • Permanent residents of Bahrain
  • Citizens of GCC countries
  • Passengers with Prior Permission Granted (This needs to be presented prior to boarding)

The exceptions will be required to undergo medical examinations recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

As the situation develops, we will continue taking international guidance on the best way to manage the crisis while ensuring business continuity.
Considerations for Your Business
We are working closely with our business community to track developments on a day-by-day basis. If you have a business here in Bahrain, please follow the government's guidance.

In addition, here are a few tips to consider:
• BCP Activation: Activate your business continuity plans and assess operational risks posed by the potential spread of COVID-19

• Keep up to date: Check the official Bahrain Ministry of Health page to receive the latest updates on COVID-19

• Offer advice to employees: Make colleagues aware of the official information from the Ministry of Health (see above) and provide hand sanitiser in commonly frequented areas

• Consider travel arrangements: Contact your airline to verify that flights are running and check the latest travel advice and restrictions before travelling. Those who have been to selected high-risk countries may not be able to enter Bahrain, or could be subject to quarantine


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