Bahraini passport
Bahraini biometric passport front cover
Issued by Bahrain Nationality, Passports & Residence Affairs
First issued20 March 2023[1] (biometric version)
EligibilityBahraini citizenship
ExpirationAdults 10 years, Children 5 years.

The Bahraini passport (Arabic: جواز سفر البحريني) is issued to Bahraini citizens for international travel. They are issued by the Nationality, Passports & Residence Authority, one of the earliest bodies of its kind in the region, which first issued passports in 1929.[2] Biometric passports have been started to be issued since 20 March 2023.[3]

Types of Bahraini passport

Ordinary passport

Granted to a Bahraini citizen.[4]

Diplomatic passport

A diplomatic passport is granted to:[5]

With the approval of the King, a diplomatic passport may be granted to:

Special Passport

A special passport is granted to:[6]

Travel Document

Issued to Bahraini citizens under emergency circumstances.


Covers of Ordinary, Diplomatic, Special, and Travel Document (2023)
Page 3 of Bahraini passport
Data page of Biometric passport (2023)


The cover of the passport is embossed with a gold block design of the Kingdom of Bahrain emblem centered on the front. The text ‘KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN’ and the type of passport, ordinary book reads ‘PASSPORT’ in both Arabic and English.

There are four types of documents: the ordinary passport (B), the diplomatic passport (D), the special passport (S) and the travel document (T). Ordinary, diplomatic and special passports have 66 pages, while the travel document has 34 pages.

Bio-data page

The data page displays the holder’s image in three positions using three different technologies. Embedded within the poly-carbonate page is the chip and the antenna holding the biometric data. Information printed on the page in both Arabic and English includes:

Page 3

The page opposite to the bio-data page contains the holder’s fourth image printed in black and white, alongside the passport number, holder's occupation, and holder's signature.

Visa requirements

Main article: Visa requirements for Bahraini citizens

In 2023, Bahraini citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 102 countries and territories, up from 89 in 2019, ranking the Bahraini passport 45th in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index.[7]

Visa requirements for Bahraini citizens
  Freedom of movement
  Visa free access
  Visa on arrival
  Visa available both on arrival or online
  Visa required

See also


  1. ^ ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Passport - Immigration". Ministry of the Interion - Bahrain. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  3. ^ BNA. "Bahrain to roll out e-Passports on March 20 with advanced security features". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2023-08-12.
  4. ^ "قانون رقم (11) لسنة 1975 بشأن جوازات السفر". Archived from the original on 6 July 2018. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  5. ^ "مرسوم بقانون رقم (51) لسنة 2010 بتعديل بعض أحكام القانون رقم (11) لسنة 1975 بشأن جوازات السفر". Archived from the original on 6 July 2018. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  6. ^ "قانون رقم (9) لسنة 2014 بتعديل المادة (9) من القانون رقم (11) لسنة 1975 بشأن جوازات السفر". Archived from the original on 6 July 2018. Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  7. ^ "Global Passport Power Rank 2022 | Passport Index 2022". Passport Index - Global Mobility Intelligence.