Manama – As lockdowns ease around the world, authorities in Bahrain have also allowed private employers to hire employees from abroad. Employers can now apply for new work permits as The Labor Market Regulatory Authority will start accepting applications for new employees from 9th August 2020 after a five-month suspension.
Bahrain Labor Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) issues work permits or employment visas to non-resident workers wanting to enter Bahrain for work. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kingdom imposed strict restrictions, including the suspension on issuance of new work permits since March 2020.
International travelers can use the Bahrain International Airport (BAH) for transit; however, full entry into Bahrain remains restricted to Bahraini citizens and residents (residence visa holders) only. The King Fahd Causeway connecting Bahrain and Saudi Arabia also remains closed to non-commercial traffic.
Initially expected to grow by 2.1 percent this year, Bahrain’s economy is now anticipated to contract by 3.6 percent. The decision to reopen work permits came following a decision issued by the Government Executive Committee, chaired by Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister and is part of other measures being implemented to support the local business industry amidst the volatile economic situation.
The arriving passengers, however, would be required to follow the guidelines; they must take a Covid-19 test at their own expense and undergo a 10-day quarantine period irrespective of the test results. According to the authorities, failing to abide by the guidelines may result in fines and/or jail time.
Source: LMRA & Gulf News