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STEP 1. What type of Bahrain Visa do you need?

Visa-less entry

Since bahrain is a member of the GCC, it has issued a visa waiver for other GCC nationals. The individuals originating from these countries don't require a visa to visit Bahrain.

The countries eligible for visa-less entry are:

What is the allowed stay duration in Bahrain for individuals eligible for visa-less entry?

The stay duration allowed for the above nationalities is 1 month.

On-arrival visa entry

The countries eligible for a Bahrain on-arrival visa are:
  • All European Union citizens
  • Australia
  • Argentina
  • Andorra
  • Brunei
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Columbia
  • China
  • Chile
  • Canada
  • Ecuador
  • Guyana
  • Hong kong
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Paraguay
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • san marino
  • South Korea
  • Suriname
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • USA
  • Uruguay
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican city
  • Venezuela
 
What is the allowed stay duration in Bahrain for on-arrival visa holders?

The allowed stay duration for on-arrival visa holders is 1 month. British and Irish citizens are allowed a stay of 3 months

E-Visa entry

If your passport belongs to any of these countries you can apply for an online visa.

The countries eligible for a Bahrain e-visa are:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • BOTCs
  • Cameroon
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ivory coast
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Pakistan
  • Qatar
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • st Vincent & grenadines
  • st Lucia
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan
  • Trinidad & Tobago

Pre-arrival Visa

If you are a UAE national then you can enter bahrain without visa. However if you are an expat residing in UAE and your passport doesn't belong to any of the countries listed above, you need to apply for the Bahrain pre-arrival visa to visit it. Keep reading the blog to get an idea of the supporting documents and the procedures of obtaining a pre-arrival Bahrain visa from UAE.

STEP 2. Type of Pre-arrival visa?

Bahrain pre-arrival visas have been categorized in to two types to suit the traveller’s requirements. They are:

1. Business

Suitable for all entrepreneurs, business people and investors visiting Bahrain for trade, investment or Business reasons

2. Tourism

This category is suitable for tourists visiting Bahrain.

3. Family visit

This category is suitable for individuals visiting their spouse, family members, relatives or friends residing in Bahrain.

4. Medical visit

This category caters for individuals who have to travel to Bahrain for medical treatment and procedures.

STEP 3. Bahrain Visa Price

Two criteria that cause price fluctuations of your Bahrain visa are the applicant’s age and the visa type they are applying for,

The visa fee has to be paid to get a Bahrain visa and will not be refunded at any cost even if the visa gets rejected. Additionally, Arooha charges AED 400 in total for assistance throughout the visa process.

 

STEP 4. Supporting documents to apply for a Bahrain visa from UAE

For a successful Bahrain visa application process from UAE, the Bahrain Embassy requires the applicant to hand over the following supporting documents along with the visa application form.

STEP 5. Bahrain Visa Processing

What is the usual procedure when applying for a Bahrain visit visa from UAE?

The above mentioned supporting documents have to be submitted to the Arooha visa consultant who is assisting you with the Bahrain visa. The below mentioned procedures will be followed upon submission of supporting documents.

  1. Pay the Bahrain visa fee and the visa consultation fee, both of which are compulsory.
  2. Your documents will be checked by the visa consultant. You can also ask any questions you have and discuss about the most suitable visa type for you.
  3. The Bahrain visa application form will be filled, and all documents will be rechecked.
  4. It is a e-visa so after the process the visa will be emailed to you.
After all documents are handed over to the Bahrain embassy, how long will it take for the pre-arrival Bahrain visa to be issued?

The processing duration may fluctuate between 05 to 07 working days.

Frequently asked Questions

The visa process duration might vary between 7 to 10 working days.

Yes, both are compulsory. Hotel booking is an important criteria for your visa to go through processing. Insurance is important for the applicant's safety to cover in case of sudden injuries or natural disasters while in Bahrain.

When you are submitting the supporting documents you will receive a receipt by the embassy with their contact number. You can call that number and check the cause of the delay.

Yes, minors (individuals below 18 years) have to be accompanied by a parents or guardian unless both parents have issued an NOC letter stating their approval of the child’s travel without either of them. The NOC has to be attached with the other supporting documents along with copies of both parents passports and submitted.

 

Must-see places in Bahrain

Bahrain National Museum

The most famous attraction of the country, the Museum showcases Bahrain’s history perfectly. The waterfront location is a picturesque treat for the eyes. Inside, you can observe the excavations from ancient Dilmun, a recreated souq showcasing traditional crafts, a hall of graves, dioramas of islamic traditions and customs, an exhibit of storytelling and fables as well as a huge satellite photo of Bahrain. There are also displays of contemporary sculpture and art. You can learn a lot about Bahrain’s history from the well-labelled signboards in English and Arabic. Take a break from all the strolling at the Museum's cosy cafe.

Bahrain National Theatre

Showcasing performances like the Bolshoi Ballet, Placido Domingo and classical Arabic Music, this premium facility offers some good entertainment.

Bahrain fort

The 16th century built UNESCO world heritage site is only 10 minutes away from the capital Manama. This portugeuse constructed structure has a splendid appeal at night. It also has the remnants of two other forts.

Manama Souq

A labyrinth of streets behind Bar Al Bahrain it's an ideal place to shop for anything from bargain clothes to Sheesha pipes and other Bahrain essentials. Within the soul are the gold souq, spice souq, World of herbs and kingdom of perfumes that deserves a visit.