Visa policy of Bahrain
Visitors to Bahrain must obtain a visa in advance unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for visa on arrival. Passport must be valid for 6 months from arrival and visitors must hold return or onward ticket.
Visa policy map
New 2014 visa law
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. 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. Starting in April 2015, Bahrain began sending applicants confirmations of their application status by text messaging.
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to visit Bahrain and may use National ID Cards to enter the country:
Visa on arrival or eVisa
Visas must be used within 30 days of approval. Multiple entry visas are valid for 3 months from the time of entry. On each entry a maximum length of stay allowed is 2 weeks.
Residents of Gulf Cooperation Council countries, who have already stayed for more than six months in their country of residence and their job professions are in approved list, may apply for a 72-hour visa or a seven-day visa upon their arrival at the airport.
Citizens of the following countries and territories may obtain an eVisa valid for 14 days:
Applicants must supply scanned copies of air ticket, passport and hotel booking. Electronic visas are valid for 30 days from the date of approval.
Citizens of other countries must have a guarantor (Bahraini commercial entity or a Bahraini individual) to obtain a visa.
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- "Bahrain". U.S. Passports & International Travel; United States Department of State. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- Smith-Teutsch, Amanda (20 May 2015). "New visa policy in Bahrain leads to sharp rise in business and leisure travelers". Gulf News Journal. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- "NPRA launches SMS visa service". Bahrain News Agency. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- New eVisa and On-Arrival Visa eligibility rules - effective October 2014
- F1 visa procedures announced