Bahrain authorities suspend flights to and from Iraq and Lebanon and extend flight suspension to and from Dubai and Sharjah, UAE, late Feb.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 27 Feb 2020 09:40 GMT and is scheduled to expire 06 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least early March
  • Impact: Flight disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Bahrain have suspended flights to and from Iraq and Lebanon until further notice and extended a suspension on flights to Dubai (DXB) and Sharjah (SHJ) in the UAE for a further 48 hours Feb. 26. Bahrain's Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) has also announced a reduction in the number of regional flights. The measures are in response to and an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The flight suspension may be reviewed and either shortened or extended in the coming days. Flight disruptions are likely after the suspension is lifted as officials clear flight backlogs. The Bahraini authorities may announce additional restrictions on travel in the coming days. Restrictions are likely to remain in place through at least early March.

Background and Analysis
The WHO has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province and has since spread to several countries across the globe.

As of Feb. 26, there are 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bahrain.

Advice
Confirm all flights if traveling to and from Bahrain through early March. Plan for further restrictions.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
Bahrain International Airport: www.bahrainairport.com

Dubai International Airport: www.dubaiairports.ae

Sharjah Airport: https://www.sharjahairport.ae

 

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