GEN 1.2  Entry, transit and departure of aircraft

1.2.1  KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

1.2.1.1  REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCE NOTIFICATION AND APPLICATIONS FOR PERMISSION CONCERNING ENTRY, TRANSIT AND DEPARTURE OF AIRCRAFT ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
1.2.1.1.1   GENERAL

All flights landing in, departing from or overflying the territory of Bahrain shall comply with Bahrain Civil Aviation Law and Regulations and must include a valid mailing address of the company for which payment invoice must be issued to, failure to comply will result in rejecting the relevant approval request .

1.2.1.1.1.1   FLIGHT PERMISSION & SCHEDULNG SYSTEM (AL-NAWRAS)

An electronic system called flight permission & Scheduling system (AL-NAWRAS) that require all airlines / operators / agents to sign-up on the following official link: www.fps.gov.bh to submit their requests (Landing & Overflying) except state aircraft, V.V.I.P, and military requests should be via diplomatic channels according to (GEN 1.2.1.1.7).

For any inquiries, contact the following address:

Post:

Air Transport Directorate

Tel:+973 17329035 / +973 17329011 / +973 17329034 / +973 17329096 / +973 17321115 / +973 17333278

Fax: +973 17333278

Email:schedule@mtt.gov.bh

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1.2.1.1.1.2 INFORMATION REQUIRED FROM AIRCRAFT OPERATORS AIRLINES / AGENTS

The following information is required from all aircraft operators for any type of operations:

  1. Aircraft Operator (Air Operator‘s Certificate (AOC) - holder) and Address

  2. Aircraft Charterer (if any)

  3. Call Sign / Flight Number or Registration mark(s)

  4. Aircraft Type & Nature of flight

  5. Full Sector or Flight (from / to) & ETA / ETD

  6. If Dangerous Goods are carried, refer also to GEN 1.4

  7. Proposed date(s) of flight(s)

  8. Aircraft configuration (passenger and cargo capacity)

  9. Postal address of the company for collection of bills and payments.

  10. Postal address of the agent and its client, if any.

  11. Finance section contact details, telephone, fax and email.

Note: all operators / airlines / agents are requested to fulfill all the above information in (AL-NAWRAS).

1.2.1.1.1.3 Aircraft Certification checklists

It is a PDF printable file form made available for all airlines / operators / agents to use whenever they need to apply for a request for the intention of using bahrain international airport for any commercial & non traffic purposes. The checklist form is ready supplemental as a point number 10 literally at the online interface of scheduling or landing tabs on (AL-NAWRAS) system www.fps.gov.bh

1.2.1.1.1.2  APPLICATIONS FOR APPROVAL

All applications should be addresses to the attention of:

Post:

Director of Air Transport
P.O. Box 586
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel:+973 17329035/+973 17329011/+973 17329061/+973 17329096

Fax:+973 17329083/+973 17333278

Email:schedule@mtt.gov.bh

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Aircraft landing in or departing from the territory of Bahrain must first land at or finally depart from the international Airport.

1.2.1.1.2   SCHEDULED OPERATIONS
1.2.1.1.2.1  TRAFFIC STOPS IN THE TERRITORY OF BAHRAIN

For regular international scheduled flights into Bahrain, the airline must be designated pursuant to a bilateral or multilateral agreement to which the government of Bahrain and that of the State in which the airline is registered are parties, or have been granted a Temporary Operating Permit (T.O.P.) by Bahrain CAA. A request shall be applied through (AL-NAWRAS) system (GEN 1.2.1.1.1.1)GEN 1.2.1.1.1.2. by at least 30 days prior to the proposed date of commencement of operation. The following information and documents are required from aircraft operators in addition to the information shown under GEN 1.2.1.1.1.21 above:

  1. Information

    1. Period of Operation

    2. Aircraft Configuration (Passengers & Cargo Capacity)

    3. Frequency (days of the week)

    Note: see recommended Airlines Schedule Application Format

  2. Pre-requisite valid documents:

    1. Air Operator‘s Certificate, reflecting the aircraft registration mark(s)

    2. Certificate of Registration

    3. Certificate of Airworthiness

    4. Insurance Certificate with full liability coverage (refer to GEN 1.2.1.1.108)

    5. Noise Certificate

    6. Aircraft Radio Station License

    7. ACAS II / TCAS Certificate (mandatory within Bahrain airspace)

    8. Basic Area Navigation (B - RNAV) Certificate, if equipped

    9. RVSM Certificate, when operating above 29000 feet

    10. In case of a leased aircraft:

      a) A copy of the lease agreement, approved by the State of Registry and the state operator; and

      b) Conformity statement from the State of Registry, stating that it will remain responsible for the safety oversight.

      (c) In case of transfer of functions of the State of Registry to the State of Operator, evidence is required showing the state responsible for safety oversight.

    Note: aircraft certificates shall be inserted in the proper field of aircraft certification checklist which is provided at (AL-NAWRAS) (GEN 1.2.1.1.1.3) on www.fps.gov.bh

1.2.1.1.3 EXTRA / ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS

Any scheduled airlines whether overflying kingdom of bahrain aerospace or landing at bahrain international Airport who either wish to apply for an additional flight/s partially to the seasonal schedule or an extra flight, must apply a request through (AL-NAWRAS) system by at least 72 hours before the actual time of arrival.

1.2.1.1.4  OVERFLYING AND TECHNICAL STOPS
1.2.1.1.4.1 Subject to the observance of the applicable rules and regulations, aircraft registered in ICAO States and operated by an airline of any contracting State may overfly or make non-traffic stops in the territory of Bahrain provided the State concerned being signatory to the International Air Transit Agreement. There is no requirement to request for overflying permission for such aircraft. ApplicationsHowever, for non-traffic stops should be made to the address shown ina request shall be applied through (AL-NAWRAS) ( GEN 1.2.1.1.1.1)GEN 1.2.1.1.1.2 a minimum notice period of one week is required for administrative and operational reasons. The following information is required from aircraft operators in addition to the information shown under GEN 1.2.1.1.1.21 above:

1. Period of Operation

2. Aircraft Configuration (Passengers & Cargo Capacity)

3. Frequency (days of the week)

1.2.1.1.4.2 Operators of aircraft registered in States that are not signatory to the ICAO convention must be obtain prior approval to overfly or land in the territory of Bahrain. A minimum notice period of one week is required for administrative and operational reasons.

Note: see recommended Airlines Schedules Application Format

1.2.1.1.4.3  DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLEARANCE OF AIRCRAFT
1.2.1.1.4.3.1 It is necessary that the aircraft documents shown in the table in GEN 1.2.1.1.24.4 be submitted by aircraft operators for the clearance on entry and departure of their aircraft to and from Bahrain.
1.2.1.1.4.3.2 One copy of the General Declaration must be signed by the pilot - in - command or an authorized agent.
1.2.1.1.4.3.3 All documents listed below must follow the ICAO standard format, set forth in the relevant appendices to Annex 9, must be furnished in English and be completed legibly.
1.2.1.1.4.3.4 No visas are required in connection with such documents.
1.2.1.1.4.4  AIRCRAFT DOCUMENTS REQUIRED (ARRIVAL / DEPARTURES)

REQUIRED BY

GENERAL DECLARATION

PASSENGER MANIFEST

CARGO MANIFEST

IMMIGRATION

NIL

NIL

NIL

HEALTH11NIL
CUSTOMSNIL / 1NIL1 / 1
TOTAL212

Note: If no passengers are embarking or disembarking and no articles are loaded or unloaded, no documents except copies of the General Declaration need to be submitted.

1.2.1.1.4.5  PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES APPLIED TO AIRCRAFT

If more than four weeks have elapsed since the date of issue of the certificate of Residual Disinfection, and the aircraft has originated in or arrived from a malarious area or a yellow fever endemic area, aerosol disinfection of the aircraft should be carried out before taking off, or on arrival.

1.2.1.1.5   NON SCHEDULED OPERATIONS
1.2.1.1.5.1  TRAFFIC STOPS IN THE TERRITORY OF BAHRAIN

If an operator intends to make an non - scheduled stop in the territory of Bahrain for the purpose of taking on or discharging passengers, cargo or mail, the Air Operator‘s Certificate (AOC) - holder should apply the adtodress shown ina request through (AL-NAWRAS) GEN 1.2.1.1.1.1 2, a minimum notice period of one week is required. The following valid documents are required from AOC - holder in addition to the information shown under GEN 1.2.1.1.1.21 above:

  1. Air Operator‘s Certificate, reflecting the aircraft registration mark(s)

  2. Certificate of Registration

  3. Certificate of Airworthiness

  4. Insurance Certificate with full liability coverage (refer to GEN 1.2.1.1.108)

  5. Noise Certificate

  6. Aircraft Radio Station License

  7. ACAS II / TCAS Certificate (mandatory within Bahrain airspace)

  8. Basic Area Navigation (B - RNAV) Certificate, if reequipped

  9. RVSM Certificate, when operating above 29000 FT

  10. In case of a leased aircraft:

    (a) A copy of the lease agreement, approved by the State of Registry and the State of Operator; and

    (b) Conformity statement from the State of Registry, stating that it will remain responsible for the safety oversight.

    (c) In case of transfer of functions of the State of Registry to the State of Operator, evidence is required showing the state responsible for safety oversight.

1.2.1.1.5.2  OVERFLYING AND TECHNICAL STOPS
1.2.1.1.5.2.1 Subject to the observance of the applicable rules and regulations, aircraft registered in ICAO States and operated by an airline of any contracting State may over fly or make non - traffic stops in the territory of Bahrain provided the State concerned being signatory to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation. There is no requirement to request for over flying permission for such aircraft except when the flight is involved in Diplomatic or Military operations e.g. State VIP, transportation of ammunitions etc. in which case an application for approval should be made in accordance with GEN 1.2.1.1.7.11.5.1 below. Applications for non - traffic stops should be made to the address shown a request shall be applied through (AL-NAWRAS)in (GEN 1.2.1.1.1.1) GEN 1.2.1.1.1.2. A minimum notice period of 48 hours is required for administrative and operational reasons. The following information is required from aircraft operators in addition to the information shown under GEN 1.2.1.1.1.21 above:

1. Date of Flight(s)

2. Type of Cargo (if any)

1.2.1.1.5.2.2 Operators of aircraft registered in States that are not signatory to the ICAO convention must obtain prior approval to overfly or land in the territory of Bahrain. A minimum notice period of one week is required for the administrative and operational reasons.
1.2.1.1.5.3  DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLEARANCE OF AIRCRAFT

The same as for scheduled flights (see GEN 1.2.1.1.2.43).

1.2.1.1.5.4  AIRCRAFT DOCUMENTS REQUIRED (ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE)
REQUIRED BYGENERAL DECLARATIONPASSENGER MANIFESTCARGO MANIFEST
IMMIGRATION11NIL
HEALTH11NIL
CUSTOMS1 / 1NIL1
TOTAL421
1.2.1.1.5.5  PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES APPLIED TO AIRCRAFT

The same as for scheduled flights.

1.2.1.1.6  PRIVATE / GENERAL AVIATION OPERATIONS
1.2.1.1.6.1  TRAFFIC STOPS IN THE TERRITORY OF BAHRAIN

If an operator wishes to land in the territory of Bahrain for the purpose of taking on or discharging of passengers, cargo or mail, he should apply for approval to the address shown in a request shall be applied through (AL-NAWRAS) GEN 1.2.1.1.1.21 , a minimum notice period of 48 hours is required for administrative and operational reasons. The following information is required from aircraft operators in addition to the information shown under GEN 1.2.1.1.1.21 above:

  1. Purpose of Flight

  2. Passenger & Company Name

  3. Name of VIP (if any)

  4. Type of Cargo (if any)

  5. Hosting Company and / or Contact in Bahrain

Note: see recommended Request Processing Information List

1.2.1.1.6.2  OVERFLYING AND TECHNICAL STOPS
1.2.1.1.6.2.1 Subject to the observance of the applicable rules and regulations, there is no requirement to request permission for overflying or refuelling / crew rest stops for such aircraft except when the flight is involved in Diplomatic or Military Operations e.g. State VIP, Transportation of ammunitions etc. in which case an application for approval should be made in accordance with GEN 1.2.1.1.75.1 below.
1.2.1.1.6.2.2 Operators of aircraft registered in states that are not signatory to the ICAO convention must obtain prior approval to overfly or land in the territory of Bahrain. through (AL-NAWRAS) GEN 1.2.1.1.1.1 A minimum notice period of 48 hours is required for administrative and operational reason.

Note: see recommended Request Processing Information List

1.2.1.1.6.3  DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLEARANCE OF AIRCRAFT

The same as for scheduled flights (see GEN 1.2.1.1.42.3)

1.2.1.1.6.4  AIRCRAFT DOCUMENTS REQUIRED (ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE)
REQUIRED BYGENERAL DECLARATIONPASSENGER MANIFESTCARGO MANIFEST
IMMIGRATION11NIL
HEALTH 11NIL
CUSTOMS1 / 1NIL1
TOTAL421
1.2.1.1.6.5  PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES APPLIED TO AIRCRAFT

The same as for non - - scheduled flights

1.2.1.1.7   MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS APPROVALS APPLY FOR APPROVAL

Any State or Military aircraft (including chartered flights) wishing to overfly, land in or depart from the territory of Bahrain shall apply for approval. A minimum notice period of one two weeks before the intended date of overflight, arrival or departure is required.

Applications should be made to:

1.2.1.1.7.1 Address
Post:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
P.O. Box 547
Kingdom of Bahrain

Fax:+973 17210575 / +973 17104761

Telex:8228 KARJIA BN

With a copy to:

Post:

Director of Air Transport
P.O. Box 586
Kingdom of Bahrain

Fax:+973 17333278

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1.2.1.1.8  Information required from aircraft operators

The following information is required from aircraft operators in addition to the information shown under GEN 1.2.1.1.1.1 above:

  1. Purpose of Flight

  2. Name of VIP (if any)

  3. Type of Cargo (if any)

1.2.1.1.9  VVIP / VIP FLIGHT OPERATIONS

Any operator carrying out a VVIP / VIP flight for the purpose of landing in, departing from or overflying the territory of Bahrain shall apply for approval to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as detailed in GEN 1.2.1.1.75 above.

1.2.1.1.10  INSURANCE COVER IN RESPECT OF LIABILITY FOR PASSENGERS, BAGGAGE, CARGO AND THIRD PARTIES
1.2.1.1.10.1  REQUIREMENT FOR MINIMUM INSURANCE COVER
1.2.1.1.10.1.1 Air carriers and aircraft operators are required to provide a minimum insurance cover in respect of passengers, baggage and cargo in accordance with the rules of Montreal Convention (signed on 28 May 1999); and in respect of third parties in accordance with GEN 1.2.1.1.10.48.4 below.
1.2.1.1.10.1.2 The insurance shall cover aviation - specific liability in respect of passengers, baggage, cargo and third parties. Regarding passengers, baggage and cargo insurance shall include cover for death and personal injury caused by accidents and for loss or destruction of or damage to baggage and cargo. Regarding third parties, insurance shall include cover for death, personal injury and damage to property caused by accidents.
1.2.1.1.10.2  DEFINITIONS
  1. “air carrier” means an air transport undertaking with a valid operating license or Air Operator‘s Certificate;

  2. “aircraft operator” means the person or entity, not being an air carrier, who has continual effective disposal of the use or operation of the aircraft; the natural or legal person in whose name the aircraft is registered shall be presumed to be the operator, unless that person can prove that another person is the operator;

  3. " flight means”;

    1. with regard to passengers and unchecked baggage, the period of transport of the passengers by aircraft including their boarding and disembarkation,

    2. with regard to cargo and checked baggage, the period of transport of baggage and cargo from the moment the baggage or cargo is handed to the air carrier until the moment of delivery to the entitled recipient,

    3. with regard to third parties, the use of an aircraft from the moment when power is applied to its engines for the purpose of taxiing or actual take - off until the moment when it is on the surface and its engines have come to a complete stop; additionally, it shall mean the moving of an aircraft by towing and push - back vehicles or by powers which are typical for the drive and lift of aircraft, particularly air streams;

  4. “SDR” means a Special Drawing Right as defined by the International Monetary Fund;

  5. “MTOM” means the Maximum Take - off Mass, which corresponds to a certified amount of specific to all aircraft types, as stated in the certificate of airworthiness of the aircraft;

  6. “Passenger” means any person who is on the flight with the consent of the air carrier or the aircraft operator, excluding on - duty members of both the flight crew and the cabin crew;

  7. “third party” means any legal or natural person, excluding passengers and on - duty members of both the flight crew and the cabin crew;

  8. “commercial operation” means an operation for remuneration and / or hire.

1.2.1.1.10.3  PRINCIPLES OF INSURANCE
1.2.1.1.10.3.1 The insured risks shall include acts of war, terrorism, hijacking, acts of sabotage, unlawful seizure of aircraft and civil commotion.
1.2.1.1.10.3.2 Air carriers and aircraft operators shall ensure that insurance cover exists for each and every flight, regardless of whether the aircraft operated is at their disposal through ownership or form of lease agreement, or through joint or franchise operations, code - sharing or any other agreement of the same nature.
1.2.1.1.10.4  INSURANCE IN RESPECT OF LIABILITY FOR THIRD PARTIES

In respect of liability for third parties, the minimum insurance cover per accident, for each and every aircraft, shall be:

CATEGORYMOTOM (kg)MINIMUM insurance (million SDRs)
1< 5000.75
2< 10001.5
3< 27003
4< 60007
5< 1200018
6< 2500080
7< 50000150
8< 200000300
9< 500000500
10= / > 500000700
1.2.1.1.10.5  AMENDMENT TO THE INSURANCE VALUES

The insurance values may be amended, as appropriate, when amendments in the relevant international treaties indicate the necessity thereof.

1.2.1.1.10.6  EVIDENCE OF ADEQUATE INSURANCE COVER

Air carriers and air operators are required to provide evidence of adequate insurance cover stated as above. In an event such evidence is not provided, operating permission shall be denied.

RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION FORMAT FOR AIRLINES SCHEDULE APPROVAL APPLICATIONS

Figure 2. SCHEDULE FORM
Figure 3. SCHEDULE CHANGE/CANCELLATION FORM

RECOMMENDED REQUEST PROCESSING INFORMATION LIST FOR PRIVATE / GENERAL AVIATION FLIGHTS

Figure 4. RECOMMENDED REQUEST PROCESSING INFORMATION LIST FOR PRIVATE / GENERAL AVIATION FLIGHTS

Note: This form may be reproduced to suit individual operator’s need e.g. SITA / AFTN.