Most visitors to Bahrain may obtain a visa on arrival or an e-Visa before traveling.[1]

Citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries have freedom of movement in Bahrain and may enter with a national ID card.[2]

Passport must be valid for 6 months from arrival and visitors must hold return or onward ticket.[3]

Overview

In October 2014, Bahrain implemented a new visa policy that makes it easier for incoming travelers to get Bahraini visas. Travelers must have a passport that is valid for at least six months and a visa to enter Bahrain.[4] However, travelers from approved countries can now get their visas online or when they arrive in the country. Bahrain has issued more visas since the policy was implemented than it did before.[5] Starting in April 2015, Bahrain began sending applicants confirmations of their application status by text messaging.[6]

In November 2016, Bahrain adopted new visa policy rules defining a two-week allowed stay on a single entry visa and a 90-day stay on a multiple entry visa valid for one year. In addition, a multiple entry visa valid for three months allows stay for one month. Citizens of Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom may obtain a five-year multiple entry visa allowing a 90-day stay on each visit.[7]

In October 2020, the United States and Bahrain introduced a reciprocal agreement for a 10-year multi-entry visa scheme for citizens of both countries which also unifies the processing fees and validity of the visa at 90-days per visit for a cost of $160 (60 Bahraini Dinars).[8]

Visa policy map

Map with legend for Bahrain's visa policy.
Visa policy of Bahrain
  Bahrain
  Freedom of movement; may enter with a national ID card
  Visa on arrival / eVisa
  eVisa
  Visa required

Visa exemption

Citizens of the following GCC countries may enter Bahrain without a visa and may use a national ID card:

Freedom of movement

Non-ordinary passports

In addition to countries whose citizens are visa-exempt, holders of diplomatic or official/service passports may enter Bahrain without a visa for the following period:

90 days (5)

30 days (11)

D - diplomatic passports only
1 - 90 days within any 180-day period.

Visa on arrival or e-Visa

Citizens of all countries may obtain a visa on arrival or online, except for the following countries:

Citizens of these countries must have a guarantor (Bahraini commercial entity or a Bahraini individual) to obtain a visa.[9]

Visas may be either single entry or multiple entry, and must be used within 3 months from the date of approval. In case of a visa rejection, processing fee is non-refundable whereas visa fee is refundable under certain circumstances. However, the refund request must be initiated by the applicant.

Visa policy Validity Number of entry Duration of stay Total price
eVisa 2 weeks Single 2 weeks 9 BHD
3 months Multiple 1 month 16 BHD
1 year Multiple 90 days 44 BHD
5 years* Multiple 90 days 64 BHD
Visa on arrival 2 weeks Single 2 weeks 5 BHD
3 months Multiple 1 month 12 BHD

* - Citizens of some countries cannot get 5-year eVisa.

Residents of GCC Countries

Legal residents of Gulf Cooperation Council countries, irrespective of their nationality and except Iranian citizens, may obtain a visa online or on arrival at any port of entry, subject to the following conditions:

Visa Application Requirements

Applicants must supply scanned copies of following documents along with their visa application:[10]

Applications are processed in approximately 3 to 5 working days.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Bahrain Electronic Visa Service". www.evisa.gov.bh. Retrieved 2023-08-26.
  2. ^ "Visas". Kingdom of Bahrain's National Portal. September 20, 2023. Retrieved September 20, 2023.
  3. ^ "What are the conditions?". evisa.gov.bh. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  4. ^ "Bahrain". U.S. Passports & International Travel; United States Department of State. 24 September 2014. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  5. ^ Smith-Teutsch, Amanda (20 May 2015). "New visa policy in Bahrain leads to sharp rise in business and leisure travelers". Gulf News Journal. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  6. ^ "NPRA launches SMS visa service". Bahrain News Agency. 25 April 2015. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Bahrain launches two new visas for 114 countries". Al Arabiya English. November 20, 2016.
  8. ^ Godinho, Varun (October 12, 2020). "Bahrain launches 10-year multiple-entry visa for US citizens". Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  9. ^ "F1 visa procedures announced". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  10. ^ "Bahrain Electronic Visa Service". www.evisa.gov.bh. Archived from the original on 2022-04-16. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  11. ^ "Bahrain Electronic Visa Service". www.evisa.gov.bh. Archived from the original on 2022-03-07. Retrieved 2022-03-07.