Bahrain and Israel allow quarantine-free travel between countries for vaccinated travellers

Bahrain and Israel have reached an agreement on mutual recognition of vaccination

In what is a global precedent, Bahrain and Israel have reached an agreement regarding mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccinations and a green passport. 

The agreement, which was reached after talks between the Bahraini minister of foreign affairs, Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, and his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, will allow individuals who have received Covid-19 vaccinations recognised by each country to be exempt from quarantine requirements.

The identification process will be carried out digitally, making it easier to travel between both countries, with the aim of strengthening tourism, trade and economic relations between the nations.

Israel has carried out the world’s fastest vaccination programme and Bahrain was one of the first Gulf nations to announce that it would adopt vaccine passports. The country’s BeAware app confirms a user’s immunity status and allows authorities to verify if a traveller has been vaccinated.

Israel has administered the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, and Bahrain has administered the Sinopharm, Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Sputnik V.

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