Bahrain Visa Policy

Check the visa policy for the Kingdom of Bahrain and discover if you need a travel authorization.

Visa Policy for Bahrain

The visa policy of the Kingdom of Bahrain outlines the laws, regulations, and restrictions that all foreign national who wish to travel to, enter, and remain in the country have to meet.

The visa requirements to enter Bahrain differ depending on the traveler’s nationality, the purpose of the visit, and the expected amount of time they will remain in the country.

Visitors are advised to familiarize themselves with Bahrain’s visa policy in order to  apply for the correct visa, which may be either an electronic visa (eVisa) or an embassy visa.

The electronic visa for Bahrain is regarded as the most convenient option. It can be obtained through a quick and easy online application form. This eliminates the need to apply for a visa in person from a government diplomatic office. It is valid for tourism or business purposes for short periods of stay.

Visitors not eligible for the Bahrain eVisa must obtain an embassy visa, which can be granted for a range of different purposes, including work and study, and for different periods of permitted stay. Applicants are recommended to apply well in advance of the expected arrival date to allow sufficient time for the visa to be approved.

There are only a few visa-exempt territories for Bahrain. Nationals of all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries can enter the territory without a visa by simply presenting a valid ID Card.

Check the boxes below to find more information about the visa policy and requirements for all nationalities to travel to Bahrain.

Tourist Visa Policy for Bahrain

If you are planning a holiday to Bahrain, you will need to meet certain visa requirements. These may vary according to your nationality, in line with the tourist visa policy of Bahrain.

Foreign visitors from around 120 countries are able to travel to Bahrain for tourism or business by obtaining an electronic visa (eVisa).

This can be obtained from the comfort of your own home thanks to the easy online application. You will then receive an approved Bahrain tourist Visa by email. It is also electronically linked to your passport.

Tourists not eligible for the eVisa need to apply for a traditional embassy visa for Bahrain. This type of visa must be obtained from a Bahraini diplomatic government office well before the intended date of arrival in the country.

In order to apply for a tourist embassy visa, applicants will need to attend a consular appointment and provide a range of supporting documents.

Below you will find a comprehensive list of Bahrain travel regulations for visitors of countries across the globe.

Kingdom of Bahrain eVisa

Around 120 nationalities can take advantage of the online visa service to apply for a Bahrain eVisa. This system permits eligible travelers to obtain a visa through a quick and easy electronic form before departure.

An eVisa for Bahrain can be issued for tourism or business purposes. Depending on the applicant’s nationality, it may be approved as a single or multiple-entry permit.

The single entry eVisa permits a stay which can vary between 2 weeks and 3 months, depending on the traveler’s individual needs. Applicants are required to select the desired length of stay while completing the online form.

The Bahrain eVisa for multiple entries permits the holder to stay up to 1 month per entry to the country.

A Bahrain electronic visa is valid from the moment it is approved and travelers have a total of 90 days to enter the Kingdom of Bahrain from the date of issue. Once they enter the country, they cannot overstay the allowed period of time they previously selected.

Applicants are advised to apply for the eVisa at least 5 business day before the expected date of arrival in the country, keeping in mind that Friday and Saturday are not considered business days in Bahrain.

Once approved, the eVisa is automatically linked to the applicant’s passport. The eVisa holder is also recommended to print a paper copy to present alongside the same passport used to complete the application form upon arrival in Bahrain.

Citizens that need to travel to Bahrain for longer periods of time or for purposes other than tourism or business, are required to submit for a consular visa.

See below a complete list of the nationalities eligible for the Bahrain electronic visa.

Kingdom of Bahrain eVisa: Country list

  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela

Requirements to Enter Bahrain with an eVisa

Eligible applicants need to meet the following requirements in order to submit a Bahrain electronic visa application form:

  • Have a valid passport with validity covering the period of time the traveler will spend in the country, or the validity period of the eVisa, whichever is longer
  • Upload an image of the biographical page of the passport
  • Upload an image of the last page of the passport (Indian passport holders only)
  • A copy of an arrival and departure air ticket
  • A copy of the GCC residence card (if applicable).

Additionally, depending on the nationality of the visitor, it may also be necessary to submit some additional supporting documents, which can include:

  • Proof of accomodation, such as hotel reservations or a copy of a relative’s CPR Reader’s printout (for those staying with relatives in Bahrain)
  • Copy of a stamped bank statement under the visitor’s name that shows the last 3 months, with a total balance of BD300 or more.

Holders of an approved eVisa can enter the country via Bahrain International Airport or by land through the King Fahd Causeway. Land entry is not permitted for GCC eVisa holders.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

Foreign citizens who need a visa to travel to Bahrain, but are not eligible for an electronic visa, are required to obtain a traditional embassy or consular visa before departure.

Nationals of over 120 countries currently need to apply for a Bahrain embassy visa from their nearest government diplomatic office of Bahrain, regardless of the purpose of the visit or the amount of time they wish to spend in the Kingdom.

In order to obtain a Bahrain consular visa, applicants need to make a visa appointment at the diplomatic office and print and complete an embassy visa application form.

While completing the application form with personal and passport information, travelers will also be required to select the type of visa they need, whether a tourist visa, business visa, work visa, transit visa, study visa, or other visa option.

It may also be necessary to present additional supporting documents, depending on the type of Bahrain visa the applicant requires.

Travelers are recommended to apply for an embassy visa well in advance of the expected date of arrival in Bahrain, as it may take up to 2 weeks or more to be approved.

Check the list below to find out if you need to apply for an embassy visa to gain entry to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Angola
  • Antarctica
  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Gambia
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Honduras
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jersey
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mayotte
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Reunion
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Visa Not Required

The visa policy of Bahrain currently states that nationals of 5 sovereign states can enter the country visa-free. Like Bahrain, all 5 countries belong to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The states that form the GCC are Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE (United Arab Emirates).

Nationals of these countries can visit the Kingdom of Bahrain by simply presenting a valid National ID Card at a border checkpoint, whether they are entering the country by air or through the King Fahd Causeway.

Bahrain visa law establishes that visa-exemption also currently applies to holders of Chinese and Indian diplomatic and special passports.

See below for a full list of the countries whose citizens do not require a visa to travel to Bahrain.

Visa Not Required: Country list

  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

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