Saudi Arabia reopens King Fahd Causeway for travelers to and from Bahrain

Hundreds of thousands of daily travelers between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain through the King Fahd Causeway may once again access the border crossing when travel restrictions are lifted on Monday; May 17. 

Residents shuttle between the two countries via King Fahd Causeway; but the travel artery was closed on March 8; 2020; because of COVID-19 safety precautions

Travel suspension for citizens; and the opening of land; sea and air ports would be lifted starting Sunday; state news agency SPA reported. 

An additional 10 lanes were installed to the departure area; bringing the total to 27 lanes; in addition to 36 lanes in the arrival area; Duwaihi Al-Sahli; director of King Fahd Causeway Passports; was quoted by the report as saying. 

However; only those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or those who have recovered from the disease would be allowed to leave the Kingdom; authorities. They would be required to present proof via the Tawakkalna app installed in their mobile phones. 

A coronavirus insurance certificate is required for travelers below 18 years. 

For travelers heading from Bahrain to Saudi Arabia; they will be in require to carry any of the health applications approved in the GCC countries; which confirm whether they are vaccinated or have recovered from the virus; Bahrain’s news agency BNA reported. 

They can also present PCR certificates which should not exceed 72 hours from the time of taking the sample; BNA added. 

Jordan meanwhile said that exemptions previously for passengers’ entry through the Omari border post with Saudi Arabia have been canceled effective on Monday. 

The decision was made after a series of measures were taken recently in order to help ease the entry of Jordanians and visitors from Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf countries; state news agency Petra reported; citing Interior Minister Mazen Al-Faraya. 

Border regulations previously required the presentation of a certificate proving they received two coronavirus vaccine doses and a negative PCR test 72 hours prior. 

Travelers can now pass without registering on the platform or having a PCR test on the border; the report said.