2022 F1 Grand Prix to Be Held in Bahrain this March

Get ready for the 2022 Formula One World Championship! The 23 Grands Prix will take place on the 20th of March, 2022 in Bahrain.

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The Formula One Grand Prix is hosted in an island kingdom well-known for its Arabian hospitality, entertainment, and wonderful heritage - the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Bahrain International Circuit hosted the first-ever Arabian Formula One Grand Prix in 2004 and has provided some unforgettable racing experiences accompanied by off-track events over the years. 

The 23rd Grand Prix will take place on the 20th of March, 2022. Following the contract extension with the race's promoter (the Bahrain International Circuit), Formula 1 will continue to be held in Bahrain until at least 2036. 

The promoter has also announced that the country takes some measures to increase the environmental sustainability of the Grand Prix, with all the energy used by the event set to come from sustainable sources. All of it aligns with the common plans of the Kingdom and Formula's 1 organizers to receive zero carbon emissions by 2030.

As a tourist destination, the Kingdom of Bahrain is a culturally rich archipelago consisting of 33 islands. Visitors can explore the ancient gems, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For souvenir-seekers, the country offers colorful bazaars or exclusive malls where even the most fastidious person will find something for themselves.

Bahrain entry protocol

As of 4th February 2022, all arrivals to the Kingdom of Bahrain aged 6 years and over need to take a PCR test upon arrival.

There is no need to submit a PCR certificate to board the plane. Passengers recently recovered from COVID-19 (aged 6 and older) do not need to provide a negative PCR test before departure.

They may instead submit a recovery certificate or a positive test taken no later than 2 weeks (14 days) before departure but no earlier than 1 month (30 days).

They are still subject to post-arrival testing against COVID-19. 

Important notes:

  • Passengers vaccinated in Bahrain are recognized as fully vaccinated if they hold the green shield on the Be Aware Application.
  • Passengers not vaccinated in Bahrain are recognized as fully vaccinated if 14 days have elapsed since they have received the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series or 14 days since they have been administered a single dose for single-dose vaccines, and hold a valid vaccination proof. 

COVID-19 vaccination certificates accepted in Bahrain

  • certificates issued by countries that signed an agreement with Bahrain regarding mutual recognition of coronavirus vaccinations
  • certificates issued by countries whose nationals can obtain a visa on arrival 
  • certificates issued by GCC countries
  • certificates with a QR code issued by any country for vaccines approved for use by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Kingdom of Bahrain (URL list of Vaccines).
  • passengers are considered recovered if they have recovered from a COVID-19 infection within 8 months of their arrival in Bahrain and present documentary proof of recovery issued by a competent health authority

Unvaccinated travelers must:

  • Perform an on-arrival PCR test in Bahrain
  • Undergo a 7-day quarantine at their residence or hotel (except for travelers under the age of 12)

The cost of COVID-19 testing is BHD 12 (around $ 32). It is highly recommended to cover the fee before arrival using either the BeAware App or the Bahrain eGovernment Portal.

Payment upon arrival is also possible at one of the payment kiosks located in the airport terminal. 

Countries that have a mutual vaccination recognition agreement with Bahrain:

  • Greece 
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Republic of Hungary 
  • Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Republic of Seychelles 
  • State of Israel

COVID-19 vaccination certificates without QR codes issued by the following countries will be recognized:

  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Countries of the European Union
  • The United States of America
  • the Commonwealth of Australia
  • The Dominion of Canada
  • The Swiss Confederation
  • The Republic of Singapore
  • The State of Israel
  • The Republic of Korea
  • Japan
  • New Zealand

Bahrain e-Visa

The Kingdom of Bahrain facilitates entry to the country to travelers of different nationalities who are eligible for an electronic visa. Those who may apply for e-Visa no longer need to visit Bahrain Embassy in person to obtain a visa permit. Instead, they can simply apply for e-Visa online

Bahrain e-Visa is issued either for tourism or business purposes as well as for those travelers who only wish to make a transit stop on their way to another country. 

The approval of the visa application form may take up to 5 business days. However, very often applicants receive their visas within 46 business hours

Obtain your Bahrain e-Visa and experience the one-of-a-kind championship accompanied by unusual emotions!

Katarzyna Żyła

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