Bahrain is ending its coronavirus travel red list which barred travel from high-risk countries from November 14, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
There were 16 countries on Bahrain’s red list, including Iraq, Iran, Tunisia and Malaysia, banning travel from these locations. Only citizens and residents could fly on the plane as long as they then followed quarantine procedures.
In addition to ending the red list, Bahrain is also removing the need for unvaccinated travelers to self-quarantine in an approved and designated place and now allows people to self-isolate in their homes.
Meanwhile, the EU recommends that Bahrain and other Gulf states be added to their list against advising against travel restrictions linked to Covid-19 to allow people to travel more freely.
Bahrain has received praise from global health experts for its handling of the pandemic and the island nation of just 1.7 million people has suffered just 1,393 deaths and 277,000 cases in total.
For much of 2020, Bahrain maintained less than 1,000 cases per day. There was a major spike in infections in May 2021, with nearly 3,000 cases per day. However, new restrictions quickly brought the numbers down to around 100 per day they stay.
In June, Bahrain indefinitely suspended new work permits for people from countries on its coronavirus red list who were outside the kingdom.
âAt the moment, people who are in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal cannot get a work permit in Bahrain,â said a representative of the Market Regulatory Authority of China. job. The National.
âThe decision was put in place on May 24, and we still don’t know when it will be lifted. “
It is not clear whether the decision to remove the red list will also change this regulation.
Just over 67% of Bahrain’s population is now fully vaccinated.
Bahrain approved the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine last month for children aged 3 to 11 and plans to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 soon.
The small island was the first Gulf country to adopt the Covid-19 vaccine passport in February, when residents had a choice of four vaccines, all free: Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Sputnik V.
Update: November 11, 2021, 7:36 a.m.