Bahrain-Saudi Arabia King Fahd Causeway
The King Fahad Causeway linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Image Credit: Al Jazirah newspaper

Abu Dhabi: The Bahraini Ministry of Health affirmed that all travellers coming to the kingdom of Bahrain through Bahrain International Airport starting from 12 midnight on Tuesday, July 21, must undergo a laboratory test when they arrive at the airport at their expense at a cost of 30 Bahraini dinars (approx $80).

The ministry said passengers can pay the charges via the “Be Aware” App, before they board a plane heading to the kingdom, which contributes to fast-tracking completion of procedures. “Payments can also be made through the platforms at the airport that allow cash and electronic payment by bank and credit cards,” the ministry said.

Members of the aircraft crews, diplomats, and passengers travellingtravelling on official missions and those returning from medical flights are excluded, as the competent authorities of civil aviation will coordinate with airlines and airport operators in this regard.

According to the Bahrain News Agency, the ministry said incoming travellers must also be subject to a preventive quarantine for 10 days, in addition to conducting a quarantine expiry test and that the traveller should bear the examination cost of 30 BD.

The arrivals must download and register the “Be Aware” App, to complete the medical data form, which are required by the precautionary measures set to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health also clarified that Bahraini citizens, who wish to travel must abide by the procedures adopted in the countries to which they are heading, and they will also have to undertake that they bear full responsibility for the health or other medical expenses that may result from their travel if the need arises, while they are abroad, in addition to bearing the cost of laboratory tests for the coronavirus when they return to the kingdom.

Citizens must also undertake to be subject to the approved protocol, by agreeing to the electronic declaration in the “Be Aware” App or signing a declaration before departure.

The ministry indicated that travellers via transit flights are not subject to examination or any of the procedures mentioned, calling on all travellers coming to the kingdom to call 444 in case anyone feels the symptoms of the virus and follow the instructions that will be given to them.