Bahrain suspends work permits for people from red list countries indefinitely

The nation press services
2021-06-13 | Since 1 Month

Bahrain has stopped issuing work permits to individuals out of the country and from places on its red list indefinitely.

“For the time being individuals who are in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal are not able to gain work permits in Bahrain. The decision was put in place on May 24 and we are still unsure of when it will be lifted,” the authority’s representative said.

Near the end of May, Bahrain suspended the entry of travellers from countries on its red list in response to the rising number of Covid-19 infections and deaths.


“If individuals holding citizenships from countries that are on the red list and are inside of Bahrain then they can apply or renew their work permits,” he said.

Bahrain’s national medical team, established to address the pandemic, will assess which countries will be added or removed to the list according to certain criteria, he said.

Citizens and residency visa holders coming from countries on the red list are permitted entrance but must present a negative PCR test conducted not more than 48 hours before flying.

The kingdom also reintroduced mandatory quarantine for all non-vaccinated travellers arriving in Bahrain.


Travellers now have to take a PCR test before flying and on arrival, and then complete a 10-day home or hotel quarantine.

Last week the government announced an extension of its harsh lockdown measures put in place to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Shopping malls, stores, restaurants, coffee shops, swimming pools, beauty salons and barber shops will remain closed for an additional two weeks.

"In order to achieve the goals set and based on positive results, we have decided to extend the national lockdown for a period of two weeks starting from Friday, June 11, to Friday, June 25," the national medical committee said.

Authorities first announced the closures on May 27.

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