Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Bahrain as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Bahrain: New multiple-entry e-visa announced with 6 month validity

A new multiple-entry e-visa has been announced for training purposes – with 6-month validity …

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Bahrain: Compulsory health insurance

Consultations are underway to determine the mandatory health package for foreign residents …

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Bahrain: Temporary ban on outdoor afternoon work

The ban is in effect until the end of August 2022 on any work being carried out under direct sunlight and in open places from noon until 4 pm …

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Bahrain: 2,000 benefit from Golden Visa push

Around 2,000 foreign nationals have benefited from the Golden Residency Visa Programme since it was launched in February this year …

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Bahrain: “Golden” permanent residency visas introduced to attract talent

A new permanent residency visa has been introduced to attract talent and investment to the Gulf state …

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Bahrain: Phase two of wage protection system

The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has recently launched the second phase of its Wage Protection System (WPS) …

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Bahrain: NPRA rolls out new residence permit sticker

The Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs Authority (NPRA) has introduced a new design for the Bahraini visa stamp that replaces ‘Employer’ with the term ‘Guarantor’ …

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Bahrain: Wage protection system to be implemented from May 2021

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development is launching a wage protection system on 1st May 2021 …

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Bahrain: Labour market testing period extended to 21 days

According to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), it is now necessary to advertise locally before seeking to recruit abroad …

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Bahrain: NPRA starts collecting residence permit fees

Now that the former grace period has ended, the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) has resumed collecting fees for cancelling and extending residence permits …

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Bahrain: COVID-19 vaccine

The National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) is the second national authority to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine …

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Bahrain: Government extends 50% salary payment in sectors impacted by coronavirus

Until the end of the year, the government will continue to pay 50% of salaries of insured private sector Bahraini employees working for companies hardest hit by the coronavirus …

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Bahrain: Government joins UAE in normalising relations with Israel

The government has now followed the lead of UAE by normalising relations with Israel …

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Bahrain: Government to allow entry to people from neighbouring Gulf countries, visa holders

Residents from neighbouring Gulf countries (including holders of electronic visas), and those normally eligible for visas on arrival, may now once more enter Bahrain …

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Bahrain: Government to pay 50% of wages for private firms hit by coronavirus

The Government has decided to provide support amounting to 50% of salaries for insured nationals employed in the private sector who work for companies most affected by the health crisis …

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