Bahrain stated on Sunday that it will temporarily suspend granting work permits to individuals from the red list nations in order to assist curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, according to local media.
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The decision, issued by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority, is based on the orders and recommendations of the Kingdom’s national coronavirus taskforce. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal are among the countries on the red list.
Citizens from these Countries in Bahrain’s Red List Won’t be Issued Any Work Permits
According to the new rule, the authority would temporarily halt the granting of new work permits to nationals of red-list countries who are currently residing outside of Bahrain, since the Kingdom has recently recorded a daily increase in COVID-19 instances, the Gulf News reported.
However, Bahraini citizens and residence visa holders are not affected by the ban, but will be required to undergo a PCR test before boarding a plane and will be quarantined for 10 days upon arriving, according to BNA.
Bahrain will also apply a 10-day precautionary quarantine to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals from all other countries, either at their homes or in places licensed for quarantining, according to the state news agency.
In the Kingdom, 931 new coronavirus cases and 10 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. This increases the total number of cases to 257,852 and the number of deaths to 1,206.
Bahrain acknowledged that nations on their red list are added or deleted based on a frequent review and that the list is thus updated on a regular basis.