Thursday 13 August 2020

Travellers to Bahrain to pay for mandatory Covid-19 tests

MANAMA, July 13, 2020

The Ministry of Health has announced that all travellers arriving into Bahrain International Airport from 12:00 am on July 21st will be required to shoulder the cost of mandatory Covid-19 tests, a total of BD60 ($158), said a Bahrain News Agency report.
Under the decision, travellers arriving in Bahrain will first be tested on payment of BD30. Cash and electronic payments will be accepted with the option for travellers to pay in advance through the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ mobile application to ease proceedings. This decision does not extend to 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.
The Civil Aviation Authorities will coordinate with Bahrain International Airport and airlines on this matter, the Ministry added.
Travellers who test negative are required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days and test again at the end of their quarantine period. Exit swabs will cost an additional BD30, to be incurred by travellers and paid for through the app or at the testing center. In this regard, all self-isolating cases are mandated to register on the ‘BeAware’ application, the report said.
The Ministry undelined that citizens intending to travel abroad must understand the entry procedures and requirements in place at their chosen destination. They must also sign a declaration form either through the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ app or handwritten prior to departure, agreeing to bear any medical costs incurred while abroad as well as mandatory Covid-19 testing, at their own cost, and 10-day self-isolation upon return to Bahrain, it said.
The Ministry emphasised that 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 Organization, said the report in BNA.



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