Travellers to pay BD60 for coronavirus tests

ALL travellers arriving in Bahrain from July 21 will have to pay BD60 for Covid-19 tests as part of new rules announced last night.

The Health Ministry said travellers at Bahrain International Airport will be required to pay BD30 for the first test and the same amount for the exit test.

The screening measures are reviewed in response to the pandemic as international flights are resumed.

“Citizens and residents in Bahrain will continue to be entitled to free Covid-19 medical treatment in line with international standards, and as outlined by the World Health Organisaion,” said a ministry statement.

This decision does not cover cabin crew, diplomatic or other official travellers and those arriving from medical travel.

Additionally, transit passengers will not be required to test for Covid-19 or quarantine.

Passengers can make the payment through different electronic payments or pay in advance via the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ mobile application.

“Travellers who test negative are required to self-isolate for 10 days and test again at the end of their quarantine period,” said the statement.

“Exit swabs will cost an additional BD30, to be incurred by the travellers and paid for through the app or at the testing centre.”

Furthermore, the ministry said citizens planning to travel abroad must comply with entry procedures and requirements of their destinations.

They should sign a declaration form via the mobile app or handwritten prior to departure agreeing to bear any medical costs while abroad as well as mandatory Covid-19 testing, at their own cost, and 10-day self-isolation upon return to Bahrain.




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