Hala Bahrain, the premium hospitality service provider at Bahrain International Airport (BIA), launched a new chauffeur service enabling eligible passengers to travel between BIA and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via the King Fahad Causeway without the need for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. The service was introduced following the decision of Saudi authorities to ease travel restrictions, enabling citizens and residents to return home to their families.
Hala Bahrain Chairman Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah said: “The causeway has long played an important role in connecting our two countries, and its function is now even more vital following the announcement enabling Saudi citizens to return to Saudi via the King Fahd Causeway without a prearranged permit.”
Mr. Al Binfalah added: “Since then, we have witnessed a greater number of passengers wishing to travel to Saudi Arabia via BIA. With the implementation of a gradual, multi-layered approach to the resumption of travel, those who meet the requirements to travel will now be able to move more freely. With the introduction of the King Fahad Causeway Chauffeur Service, we aim to make traveling to Saudi Arabia through BIA more convenient while coordinating with all concerned authorities in the Kingdom of Bahrain and complying with all directives issued by the National Task Force for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19).”
Hala Bahrain Managing Director Ayman Zainal said: “Through full coordination with the concerned authorities in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the executive authorities at the King Fahd Causeway, Hala Bahrain is pleased to launch the King Fahd Causeway
Chauffeur Service. Our diverse fleet, which can accommodate up to four passengers per vehicle, travels directly between BIA and King Fahd Causeway, and there are strict health and safety measures in place to protect the wellbeing of both drivers and passengers using the service.”
All vehicles are fitted with isolators between the driver and passenger compartments and are disinfected after each trip. Extra masks and hand sanitizer are also available for passengers. Additionally, drivers are temperature-checked before reporting for duty, wear masks and gloves at all times, and are routinely COVID-19 tested.
Eligible passengers arriving in Bahrain and traveling on to Saudi Arabia are driven directly from the airport to a designated drop-off point across the causeway. A similar process applies for eligible passengers coming from Saudi Arabia and heading to BIA, making the journey safer by taking into consideration COVID-19 precautionary measures.
Eligibility for the service is conditional and requires official permission to move in and out of Saudi Arabia from Saudi authorities, a relevant visa for expatriates, a passport copy, a flight ticket, and a COVID-19 test certificate in accordance with relevant authority and airline guidelines upon reservation.
To book the chauffeur service in advance, please visit the Hala Bahrain website: www.halabahrain.bh.