A new bilateral agreement has been reached between Bahrain and Israel to mutually recognize the documentation of the Covid-19 vaccine, the countries’ foreign ministries announced.
Under the deal, nicknamed “First of its kind”, Travelers from both states who have received a recognized Covid-19 vaccine will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival.
The deal covers vaccination certificates and so-called Israelis “Green pass”, which allows those who have been immunized to visit restaurants, gyms and other public places.
Mutually accepted Covid vaccine documentation will be fully digital, using QR codes on cell phones, which will be scanned at the border, according to NPR.
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The deal follows weeks of talks between Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani, his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi and other officials.
“This will increase tourism and stimulate our economies and help our common fight against the coronavirus”, Ashkenazi said in a Twitter statement regarding the move, thanking Alzayani.
This will increase tourism, stimulate our economies and help our common fight against the corona virus.@bahdiplomatic 🇧🇭🤝🇮🇱
– גבי אשכנזי – Gabi Ashkenazi (@Gabi_Ashkenazi) April 22, 2021
The deal is the two nations’ latest diplomatic milestone since they normalized ties in August 2020 as part of a landmark deal brokered by then US President Donald Trump, which also included the UAE.
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