Bahrain is a unique country to discover and situated in the central part of the Gulf region with many spectacular attractions that welcome millions of international tourists every year. The country consists of 33 natural islands and also a couple of man-made ones.
Through our Bahrain Visa Guide, you will learn everything you need to know about the visa policy of Bahrain regarding various nationalities across the globe, different types of visas, specific requirements, visa sponsorships, visa fees, and many more. Before your visa application to Bahrain, it is essential to have a scheduled flight ticket at hand. You can visit our Bahrain Flight Ticket page to buy one and enjoy our amazing prices.
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Bahrain has a well-implemented online visa system that eliminates lengthy visa processes for many countries all over the world and it is possible for various nationalities to get a visa online. We listed countries that are eligible to apply for an e-visa, visa on arrival, or a visa-free entry to Bahrain below.
*Countries that can apply for a visa on arrival via Bahrain e-visa system.
**Gulf Cooperation Council states that are eligible for a visa-free entry to Bahrain.
***Qatar citizens must include their reason to visit, whom they are visiting, and contact details while applying.
Countries that are not listed above have to apply for a visa through consulates to visit Bahrain.
We covered Bahrain visa types that vary depending on the duration and purpose of the stay.
Depending on your purpose of the visit that is limited to 90 days or less in a 180 days period to Bahrain; it is possible for you to obtain one of the following visa types.
A Bahrain touristic visa issued for individuals or groups who wish to visit Bahrain for sightseeing purposes. It is possible to enter the country without a visa for many nationalities around the world with a duration of up to 90 days. If your nationality is not eligible for a visa-free entry to Bahrain, it is expected from you to provide additional documents regarding sufficient financial means, proof of accommodation and travel insurance which are valid through the duration of the stay and a return flight ticket.
A Bahrain business or fair participation visa is granted for individuals who are planning to visit the country for business-related purposes such as meetings, events, business fairs, or unpaid trainings without labor or gainful employment. Invitation documents from professional chambers and organizations are must be included to the application.
If you are planning to visit Bahrain to visit a family member or a friend residing in the country, you need to obtain a Bahrain family, relative, or friend visit visa. In order to get the visa, it is important to have an invitation letter from the person whom you are visiting while applying.
A Bahrain cultural, sports, or conference visit visa is granted for individuals or groups that are going to attend a cultural event or activity held in Bahrain. An invitation from the receiving association and confirmation documents from the supervising ministry must be included in the application.
A Bahrain short-term education or internship visa is issued for international students who wish to study in Bahrain for university projects or special occasions for less than three months. The applicant has to include documents of sufficient means of subsistence, proof of accommodation, and admission letter from the receiving institution.
Bahrain category D visas are required for stays that exceed a three month period with varying purposes in Bahrain even if the applicant’s nationality is on the visa-free list. It is possible for you to apply for a long-term visa to Bahrain if you are one of the following:
A Bahrain transit visa is asked from individuals whose nationality is not eligible to transit another destination from Bahrain. A Bahrain transit visa authorizes the individual to travel a third country from the territory of Bahrain for up to two days stay period.
In order to successfully obtain a Bahrain visa it is important to be prepared and gather all the necessary information regarding your nationality and purpose of visit beforehand. There are certain steps to obtain a Bahrain touristic visa:
Most nationalities around the world can apply a Bahrain touristic visa through its online visa system. Fill out the required information including details of your passport and sponsor if applicable. You are also expected to pay for the asked visa fee.
Check Your Application Online
You can trace your Bahrain visa application with the provided reference number from here. If your application is approved, you can print the confirmation document and bring it with you when you travel to Bahrain.
You are required to present the following documents if your nationality is not eligible for a visa-free entry, online visa, or visa on arrival to Bahrain:
There are additionally required or supporting documents from certain applicants:
You can click here to learn more about Bahrain visa applications regarding your nationality.
If your nationality is not eligible for an online visa or visa-free entry to Bahrain, you will most likely need a visa sponsorship to visit Bahrain. A visa sponsorship can be acquired through Bahrain-based companies, hotels, or travel agencies. Additionally required documents for a visa sponsorship for Bahrain regarding touristic visits are:
You can check our website for more details.
There are many countries across the globe can enter Bahrain without a visa or can apply for one through an online visa application system. In order to obtain a Bahrain visa you need to take consideration of following visa rules:
Citizens of Schengen countries should not have any problems while entering Bahrain since they are eligible for a visa on arrival to the country.
Qatar citizens are subject to present following additional information to apply for a Bahrain visa:
Gulf Cooperation Council nationals excluding Qatar can enter Bahrain only with their identity cards at hand.
Bahrain short-stay visa types listed below exclusively include the visa and the processing fee. Keep in mind that there might be additional payments expected from the applicant such as consular fees, service fees of the outsourced companies, or application form fees.
The current Bahrain visa fees valid as of March 2020 are as follows:
|Fee for Visit e-Visa||BD 25|
|Processing Fee for Visit e-Visa||BD 4|
|Total Fee||BD 29|
NOTE: This article was prepared in March 2020. Please check up-to-date information published by official sources.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Bahrain visa is commonly issued within 5 business days but it can take up to 30 days if a detailed examination is needed or additional documents required.
Although border control and consulate officers have a right to decline an entry permit to Bahrain, they do not exercise it often. Your previous nationality is not a prominent reason for them to deny a visa.
It is possible for you to obtain multiple entry tourist visas to Bahrain with a maximum stay up to 90 days in a 180 days period.
Your application might be rejected without refunds for a number of reasons including invalid insurance, insufficient proof of financial subsistence, incorrect information, or lack of accommodation proof. You can appeal a denial or apply again if the application is rejected.
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