Visa policy of Bahrain

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Most visitors to Bahrain may obtain a visa on arrival, or an e-visa prior to travel.[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]

Visa policy map[edit]

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


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 exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following GCC countries do not require a visa to visit Bahrain and may use National ID Cards to enter the country:

Visa exemption also applies to holders of diplomatic and special passports of China, India, and Israel.[13][14] [15] Visa exemption agreements were signed with Hungary and Indonesia, but they are not yet in force.

Visa on arrival or e-Visa[edit]

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

Citizens of these countries must have a guarantor (Bahraini commercial entity or a Bahraini individual) to obtain a visa.[16]

Visas can 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.

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

  • Have held a residence permit issued by their country of residence for more than 3 months.
  • Residence permit is valid for at least another 3 months at the time of the visa application.
  • Occupation as per their resident permit must not be labourer.

Visa Application Requirements[edit]

Applicants must supply scanned copies of following documents along with their visa application:[17]

  • Passport
  • Confirmed return air ticket
  • Hotel booking in Bahrain or ID card of relative/friend (in case of staying with them)
  • Bank statement under the visitor's name covering the last 3 months with an ending balance of at least the equivalent of US$ 1000

Applications are processed in approximately 3 to 5 working days.[18]

COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, entry was not allowed for all persons, except GCC nationals, who had not previously visited the Schengen Area, China, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, United Kingdom or the United States.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bahrain Electronic Visa Service". Retrieved 2023-08-26.
  2. ^ "Visas". Kingdom of Bahrain's National Portal. September 20, 2023. Retrieved September 20, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "What are the conditions?". 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.
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  13. ^ "News Details". Archived from the original on 2022-09-29. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  14. ^ "News Details". Archived from the original on 2022-09-29. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2020-11-01. Retrieved 2020-10-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "F1 visa procedures announced". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  17. ^ "Bahrain Electronic Visa Service". Archived from the original on 2022-04-16. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  18. ^ "Bahrain Electronic Visa Service". Archived from the original on 2022-03-07. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  19. ^ CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK - UPDATE 14.03.2020 Archived 2020-06-27 at the Wayback Machine, International Air Transport Association

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