Bahrain indefinitely suspends work permits from Sri Lanka

Bahrain has indefinitely suspended giving work permits to people from coronavirus red list countries who are outside the kingdom, The National reported.

“For the time being, individuals who are in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal are not able to gain work permits in Bahrain," a representative of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority said on Sunday.

He has said the decision was put in place on May 24, and they are unsure when it will be lifted.

Near the end of May, Bahrain suspended the entry of travelers from countries on its red list including Sri Lanka in response to the rising number of Covid-19 infections and deaths.

“If individuals holding citizenships from countries that are on the red list are inside of Bahrain then they can apply or renew their work permits,” the representative said.

Bahrain’s national medical committee, established to address the pandemic, will assess which countries will be added to or removed from the list according to certain criteria, he said.