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Ministry News

27 May 2020

NPRA: 8534 individuals arrived and departed Bahrain as part of COVID-19 evacuation flights

MOI:

Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) announced that 8534 individuals arrived and department Bahrain as part of coronavirus (COVID-19) evacuation flights. Of total 5570 arrived and 2964 departed the Kingdom.

In the same context, the NPRA has taken further procedures to regulate the arrival and departure of citizens and residents from and to Bahrain, by providing qualified teams to handle the travelling process.

The NPRA has also taken many precautionary measures to ensure smooth workflow, the protection of the safety of employees and the continuation of all services, such as the issuance of passports, visas, and resident permits.

To apply the social distancing rules, the NPRA has stopped receiving applicants and restricting its services to online applications through its website, except the attendance to receive Bahraini passports through Isa Town branch.  A contact centre was formed to answer inquiries and provide backup about online services.

Employees were instructed to wear masks, gloves and protective suits while directly dealing with travellers. For their safety, the NPRA’s buildings and service centres are disinfected periodically, while the temperature of the employees is taken before entering the building.

To implement the decisions of the Executive Committee and the directive of His Excellency Interior Minister, the status of all violators, visitors and residents, were regulated and they were excepted from fee payment.  All visitors with expired and valid visas were extended for three months without the need to apply and free of charge. Fees associated with all types of resident permits were waived until the end of the year.

The status of 54891 visitors was regulated, in which their visas were extended for three months. A total of 82065 expired and cancelled work permits were regulated to enable them to legalise their stay because of the lockdown in their countries.

In regard of foreigners who violated the residency and visa rules, the NPRA has taken a number of steps, including evacuating violators or residents and visitors who want to leave the country, without paying for the travel cost and tickets. They were also excepted from any legal procedures because of their violations in coordination with their embassies. The violators were shelters until the dates of their travel.

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