Important notice :

All arriving passengers must undergo a PCR test (at their own expense) upon arrival at a cost of BD40. Payments can be made on arrival in cash and electronically, or in advance via the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ mobile application. All Arrivals must remain in self isolation until the result of the PCR test has been determined. The BD40 fee also covers a second test, conducted 10 days later. Transit passengers and children below the age of 6 are not required to undergo testing.

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Bahrain International Airport

BIA Against COVID-19


* Travel Safely *

New COVID-19 preventive measures at
Bahrain International Airport

To ensure the health and wellbeing of passengers and staff at Bahrain International Airport (BIA), Bahrain Airport Company has implemented all recommended precautionary measures considering the improving global conditions and the proximity of recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on the new measures introduced by the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all arriving passengers must undergo a PCR test at a cost of BD40. Payments can be made on arrival in cash and electronically, or in advance via the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ mobile application. All arriving passengers must remain in self-isolation until the PCR results have been determined. The BD40 fee also covers a second test, conducted 10 days later. Children below the age of 6 and Transit passenger are not required to undergo the PCR test. Cabin crew, diplomatic staff, and those arriving from medical travel are exempt.

Citizens planning to travel abroad must comply with entry procedures and requirements at their destinations. They must also sign a declaration form prior to departure, agreeing to bear any medical costs while abroad as well as mandatory COVID-19 testing once they arrive to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

In line with health and safety measures, access to the terminal is restricted to passengers and staff, although exceptions will be made for those accompanying passengers with reduced mobility or unaccompanied minors. Temperature screening is mandatory at entry points to the terminal and before boarding, and anyone with a high fever will be subject to a secondary medical assessment. To allow time for additional screening procedures, passengers will need to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before their flight departure time.

Passengers must adhere to social distancing measures at the terminal. Footprint stickers and seat blockers are in place to remind people to keep their distance. Wearing face masks is mandatory for all passengers and staff at the airport. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) vending machines that provide hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, and face masks are available for passengers before and after the economy and premium check-in counters and at the arrivals area.

In addition to general cleaning, all frequently touched surfaces are sanitized, and plastic security trays are sanitized at the entry and exit of the security locations. A disinfection team is also on standby 24/7 to respond to any incidents. Passenger and staff shuttle buses are regularly disinfected and are running at 50 per cent occupancy to maintain social distancing.

Lounges are temporarily unavailable; however, certain Meet & Assist services are available. Bahrain Duty Free, food and beverage outlets, ATMs, foreign exchange facilities, and Car Park A, as well as car rental and taxi services are still operational, including Cargo services.

Passengers who do not adhere to the preventive measures in place will be refused access to the airport. The measures will be regularly updated based on the latest scientific findings as the situation evolves. Passengers may also contact our call center on 80007777 or the international number 80114444 to check the status of their flights.



FAQs

COVID-19 Latest Update at Bahrain International Airport



Everything you need to know about the precautionary measures at Bahrain international Airport that may affect your travel arrangements.


1.) Is Bahrain International Airport open?

Yes, BIA is open, with precautionary measures in place. These are in line with the directives of the National Task Force for combating COVID-19 and the advisory circular issued by Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs. All passengers are advised to reconfirm the status of their flights with their airlines. Passengers may also contact the Bahrain International Airport call center on 80007777 or the international number 80114444 to check the status of their flights or for more information.


2.) Who is eligible to enter the Kingdom and how can I apply for my visa?

At present, entry to the Kingdom is restricted to Bahraini citizens, residents, GCC citizens who don’t need visas, passengers eligible to obtain a visa on arrival, passengers with a valid eVisa, diplomats, military personnel, airline crew, or holders of official, service or UN Passports.

Visas on arrival have been reintroduced for citizens of eligible nationalities. To determine eligibility, and to obtain an eVisa prior to your departure, please visit www.evisa.gov.bh.


3.) What precautionary measures are in place at Bahrain International Airport?

In line with the directives of the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the circular issued by Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA), Bahrain Airport Company has implemented all precautionary measures at Bahrain International Airport to ensure the health and wellbeing of passengers and staff, and the protection of public health in the Kingdom.

The procedures include screening of passengers’ temperature before entering the airport and at the boarding gates. Passengers with a high fever will be subject to a secondary medical assessment.

Wearing face masks is mandatory for all passengers and staff at the airport. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) vending machines that provide hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, and face masks are also available for passengers before and after the economy and premium check-in counters.

Only passengers and employees are allowed entry to the airport. Passengers should adhere to the social distancing measures at the airport. Footprint stickers, seat blockers, and strap stickers are in place to remind people to keep their distance. Passengers who do not adhere to the preventive measures in place are refused to access to the terminal building.


4.) What are the procedures for arriving passengers?

In line with the Ministry of Health’s policies and procedures, all arriving passengers must complete the health declaration form and undergo a PCR test (at their own expense) upon arrival. Arriving passengers must remain in self-isolation until the PCR test results have been determined. The PCR test cost BD40, which also covers a second test 10 days after arriving in Bahrain. Payments can be made on arrival in cash and electronically, or in advance via the ‘BeAware Bahrain’ mobile application. Children below the age of 6 are not required to undergo the PCR test or payment.

If a passenger tests positive, the Ministry will take further action. Those who test negative should adhere to social distancing measures at the baggage reclaim area and leave the terminal as soon as possible to minimize the possibility of transmission.

For any COVID-19 inquiries, please contact the Ministry of Health Call Centre on 444.


5.) Are children required to undergo the PCR test?

Children below the age of 6 are not required to undergo the PCR test.


6.) Who are the exempted passengers?

Cabin crew, diplomatic staff, and those arriving from medical travel are exempt.


7.) Are Transit passengers subject to PCR testing?

Transit passengers are not required to undergo PCR testing.


8.) What procedure should citizens follow before traveling?

Citizens planning to travel abroad must comply with entry procedures and requirements at their destinations. They must also sign a declaration form prior to departure, agreeing to bear any medical costs while abroad.


9.) Will passengers be temperature screened at Bahrain International Airport?

In line with the regulations issued by the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and circular issued by Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA), all passengers and airline staff are screened at all entry points of the airport and at travel gates. If a passenger has a high fever, the relevant authorities shall take further action.


10.) What sterilization and disinfection measures are in place at Bahrain International Airport to respond to COVID-19?

In addition to thorough regular sterilization, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) staff is fully trained to use specialized equipment to sanitize Bahrain International Airport facilities. Baggage trolleys and all frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, countertops, and toilets, are sanitized periodically. Plastic security trays undergo intensive sterilization at the entry and exit of the security locations. A disinfection team is on standby 24/7 to respond to any incidents.

Biohazardous waste is segregated at the Arrivals area and washrooms. BAC has placed sanitizers in various locations around the airport for passengers to use.


11.) What measures are in place for shuttle buses?

In line with social distancing measures, passenger shuttle buses are running at 50% occupancy. Hand sanitizers are provided onboard and drivers wear masks and gloves at all times. Drivers and passengers are also temperature screened before embarking. All buses are cleaned and disinfected daily.


12.) Are shops, restaurants, and other services still available?

Bahrain Duty Free, some food and beverage outlets, ATMs, foreign exchange facilities, as well as car rental and taxi services are available. In line with social distancing measures, the number of customers allowed in stores is restricted.

Social distancing markings are placed 2 meters apart from the service desk to the entrance. Messages are also displayed to remind customers to follow social distancing measures while queuing.

Passengers are encouraged to pay using cards and avoid the use of cash. Wireless card machines, with a separate keypad for those who need to enter a pin, are regularly disinfected with alcohol solution. Collection points are only for picking up products.

Shops are sterilized and disinfected using approved corrective chemicals. Alongside wearing proper PPE and following social distancing guidelines, staff frequently wash their hands and disinfect contact surfaces.


13.) Are Meet & Assist services and lounges still available?

Certain Meet & Assist services are available, however lounges are temporarily unavailable. For more information, visit https://halabahrain.bh.


14.) Are car parking facilities still open?

Yes, Car Park A, which is opposite to the Terminal Building is open to the public. For more information about the car park fees please visit our Car park page by clicking here.


15.) Are cargo services available at BIA?

Cargo services are running as normal with no added restrictions due to Covid-19. Standard regulations on imports and exports continue to be applicable.

For more details, please contact the following numbers:

Duty Manager

  • Tel: 17321808
  • Mobile: 39696407

DHL Express:

  • Tel: 17364100