Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Questions & answers

Updated COVID-19 Testing Centers Timing, starting from 11 June 2022

  • The drive-through testing centre in the Muharraq Governorate, near The King Hamad University Hospital, operates from 8am to 12pm and from 4pm to 12am
  • The drive-through testing centre in the Southern Governorate,near the Bahrain center of Strategic, International, and Energy Studies(Derasat) operates from 8am to 12pm and from 4pm to 10pm
  • The drive-through testing centre in the Northern Governorate, in Salman City, operates from  from 8am to 12pm and from 4pm to 10pm

All violations are investigated with evidence transferred to the Public Prosecution who can then take legal action.

Six months after recovery from COVID-19 the shield’s colour will change automatically. The shield turns yellow to notify that a booster shot is needed. For the unvaccinated the shield will turn grey to notify that a vaccine is needed. After an individual has taken the required vaccine and booster shots the shield will revert to green.

The symptoms of the Omicron variant are similar to those of the other variants, which are:

  • An increased temperature
  • Nasal congestion or a sore throat
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches

Those recovering from COVID-19 can take a second dose 21 days after their first dose, provided they have exited isolation.

COVID-19 vaccinations are proven to be safe. Vaccinations are generally safe, and their benefits outweighs any side effects that they may cause. Some minor side effects may occur, such as pain at the point of injection, a mild fever, or a headache, which can be easily treated.

 If your child suffers from any severe side effects take them to your nearest health centre so that they can receive the necessary treatment.

The mucous membranes that cover the respiratory system, including the nose and throat, share the same microbial content, and therefore there is no risk of transmission of infection between the throat and nose. Bacteria from food can potentially effect test results. Therefore, it is best not to eat and drink for 30 minutes before the test.

The period of precautionary quarantine for existing cases, of all age groups, is 10 days for those without a Green Shield in the BeAware Bahrain application and 7 days for those with a Green Shield.

Conducting a test, according to the date specified in the text message, is optional for contacts who do not show any COVID-19 symptoms, this contributes to the smooth testing process for all.

In case the appointment was missed, and the contact had shown symptoms, then a rapid test must be taken. If the test shows a positive result then a drive-through testing centre must be visited immediately without the need for an appointment.

A citizen or resident can update the vaccination data obtained outside the Kingdom of Bahrain through the BeAware Bahrain app by entering e-services and clicking on the “Reporting Issues About Your Health Record" option.

The colour of the shield will change after the vaccination certificates are inspected and verified according to Bahrain’s standards and regulations.

Children who have recovered from (COVID-19) and have not been vaccinated can receive the first vaccine dose 3 months from the date of infection.

Recovered 12-17 years olds, who have received two vaccination doses, can take a booster shot 6 months following the date of infection provided they have completed the waiting period after their second vaccination.

There is no need to repeat a PCR test if any positive test result was obtained during the isolation period.

This could be due to one of the following reasons:

  • The different arrival time of samples from the different testing centres.
  • Some samples may be re-tested in order to confirm the result.

Precautionary quarantine protocols for active COVID-19 cases

  • Green Shield holders (Quarantine for 7 days from the date of infection)

  • Non-Green Shield holders (Quarantine for 10 days from the date of infection)


Precautionary quarantine protocols for contacts of active COVID-19 cases

Green Shield holders

  • Not required to quarantine

  • A PCR test on day 7 from exposure is not mandatory

  • Testing is mandatory if symptoms arise

    Non-Green Shield holders

  • Quarantine for 7 days

  • A PCR test on day 7 from exposure is not mandatory

  • Testing is mandatory if symptoms arise

Precautionary quarantine protocols for travellers entering the Kingdom of Bahrain through all ports of arrival

  • Green Shield holders

  • Not required to quarantine

  • Undergo a PCR test upon arrival only

    Non-Green Shield holders

  • Quarantine on arrival for a period of 7 days

  • Undergo a PCR test upon arrival only

  • Individuals that are living in the same residence as an active COVID-19 case.
  • Colleagues that have been in contact with the active case on a daily basis for more than 15 minutes and were in contact within a 2-meter radius without wearing a mask.
  • Those that had direct contact with the active case. For example: shaking hands, touching any surfaces in the same place or coming in contact with droplets from the active case.
  • Any individual that has been in a closed environment with the active case. For example: classrooms, meeting rooms, waiting rooms in hospitals, etc.
  • Medical staff, or any individual that provides direct medical service to an active case, laboratory staff that work with coronavirus samples without wearing the safety equipment or in case of malfunctioning safety equipment.
  • Passengers in a plane, bus, car or any transportation vehicle. Including travelling companions or medical service providers and cabin crew or drivers within the radius of an active case.
  • All passengers in any transportation vehicle (plane, bus, cars or others) are to be considered as close contacts, if the symptoms of the active case are severe.