Visa Information for Bahrain

Visa Information for Bahrain : Entry Visas :
Foreign nationals may enter Bahrain with a tourist visa (for individuals or groups), 72 – hour visa, 7 – day visa, visit visa, business visa, family visa, dependent visa, or an employment visa. Generally all types of visas (except certain categories of tourist visas which can be obtained from Consulates abroad) are to be applied for by local sponsor in Bahrain.

  • Tourist Visa
    • Tourist visas can be obtained at the Bahrain International Airport or at the King Fahad Causeway for :
      • Citizens of the European Community, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan or Hong Kong.
      • Visitors who have been resident in the GCC for a minimum of six months, and who posses a return visa for the country of GCC residency.
      • All the above must have a valid passport and return ticket, they must have no criminal record or involvememt in activities that could threaten public order or national security. Visitors must not seek employment while in Bahrain.
      • Fee: For a stay of 2 weeks, BD. 5.000 each (approximately US$ 3.76)*
    • Groups who wish to visit Bahrain are advised to contact a Tourist Company to make the necessary visa arrangements.
    • Groups may obtain visa to Bahrain for a duration of up to 2 weeks which is renewable once a for a similar period.
    • Entry visas are obtained through hotels, travel and tourist agencies and other firms, licensed to carry out tourist activities in Bahrain.
    • Fees: Groups of upto 30 tourists are charged a fee of BD. 3.000 (US $ 8.000 approximately) per person. Groups comprising more than 30 tourists are charged BD. 2.000 (US$ 5.30) per person.*
  • 72-Hour Visa / 7-Day visa
    • Can be obtained on arrival at the Bahrain International Airport or at the King Fahad Causeway. These visas are mainly intended for business visits, trade delegations, attending exhibitions and seminars. Apart from the passport, the passenger must possess a confirmed return or onward journey ticket for his/her visa application to be processed. Foreign nationals who have lived for six months in a GCC State are automatically granted a 72-hour visa on arrival.
    • Fee: 72-hour Visa – BD.10 7-day visa BD. 15*
  • Visit Visa
    • Issued to foreign nationals who intend to visit Bahrain to meet their relatives or friends. The application for a visit visa must be made by a local sponsor to the General Directorate of Immigration and Passports (GDIP). The visit visa is normally valid for one month’s stay in Bahrain, but can sometimes be extended up to a maximum of three months. A person on a visit visa cannot work or engage in business activities during his/her stay in Bahrain.
    • Fee: BD. 22.000*
  • Business Visa
    • This type of visa is a similar to that of a visit visa, except that the purpose of the visit is business.
    • Fee: BD. 42.000 (multiple entry, valid, for 6 months)*
  • Family Visa
    • Granted to a wife and children joining the husband/father.The family visa holder may not take up gainful employement in Bahrain but can stay in Bahrain as long her husband stays.
    • Fee: BD.22.000*
  • Dependent Visa
    • Granted to dependants of a Bahrain resident. The visa holder cannot take up gainful employement in Bahrain but can stay as long as the head of the household stays.
  • Employment Visa
    • Required to work legally in Bahrain and become a resident of Bahrain. A work permit is required from the Ministry of Labour and a No objection Certificate from Directorate of Immigration before this visa is granted.
    • Fee: BD.15.000*

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at

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