Bahrain suspends visas on arrival

The suspension starts on Wednesday (March 18) and is until further notice

Bahrain suspends visas on arrival

Bahrain will not be issuing visas on arrival from Wednesday (March 18), the Nationality, Passport & Residence Affairs (NPRA) at the Ministry of Interior has announced.

Only diplomatic passport holders will be able to use the visa on arrival service until further notice.

Electronic visas, and other types of visas, will still be open to the public. Visas issued before March 18 will also still be valid.

The Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) has also announced a reduction in the number of incoming flights, coming into effect at the same time on Wednesday.

The CAA has said “this decision has been taken to help contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and safeguard the health and safety of citizens and residents”.

The organisation added “that it is coordinating extensively with airline companies and other stakeholders throughout the Kingdom to ensure that arriving passengers are thoroughly tested, in line with guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO)”.

The news comes after flights between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia were temporarily suspended last week.

The King Fahad Causeway has also been closed to all traffic except commercial trucks.

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