Bahrain recently announced that it has signed mutual recognition agreements (MRA) for COVID-19 vaccines with a number of countries. This means that individuals vaccinated in these countries will be recognized as vaccinated in Bahrain, and vice versa. The move is a step towards easing travel restrictions and ensuring the safe resumption of international travel.
Currently, Bahrain has mutual recognition agreements with the following countries:
1. Saudi Arabia: Bahrain’s closest neighbor and largest trading partner, Saudi Arabia has also been one of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic in the region. The MRA is expected to boost economic ties and facilitate the movement of people between the two countries.
2. Kuwait: Another Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member, Kuwait has also signed an MRA with Bahrain for COVID-19 vaccines. The agreement is expected to facilitate the movement of people between the two countries and bolster economic ties.
3. Hungary: Bahrain’s first agreement with a European Union country, the MRA with Hungary is expected to pave the way for similar agreements with other EU countries. The move is seen as a boost for Bahrain’s tourism industry, as Hungary is a popular destination for Bahraini travelers.
4. Greece: Another EU country, Greece is a popular destination for Gulf tourists, and the MRA is expected to boost travel between the two countries. It is also expected to facilitate the entry of Greek workers into Bahrain, particularly in the construction and healthcare sectors.
5. Georgia: Bahrain’s first agreement with a non-EU European country, the MRA with Georgia is expected to boost economic ties and facilitate travel between the two countries. Georgia is a popular destination for Gulf tourists and is known for its scenic landscapes and rich history.
6. Ukraine: Another non-EU European country, Ukraine has also signed an MRA with Bahrain for COVID-19 vaccines. The agreement is expected to facilitate travel between the two countries and boost economic ties. Ukraine is known for its beautiful architecture, rich culture, and historical landmarks.
These mutual recognition agreements are crucial for the safe resumption of international travel amid the ongoing pandemic. They also serve as a testament to Bahrain’s commitment to maintaining strong economic and political ties with its neighbors and partners around the world. As the world continues to battle COVID-19, these agreements will play a crucial role in ensuring the safe and seamless movement of people and goods between countries.