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*Content updated, September 2022

Explore Bahrain with the Tourist eVisa!

The tiny island nation of Bahrain is a favorite getaway for weekenders from Saudi Arabia and Formula 1 Grand Prix fans. In this mosque-studded city, UNESCO World Heritage sites coexist with still-bustling bazaars and carpet shops, while skyscrapers house luxury hotels.

Whether you're visiting the Persian Gulf for tourism or business, it's essential to check the Bahrain visa requirements before you pack your bags. Luckily, iVisa is here to give you the most up-to-date information for your upcoming trip and help you get your Bahrain visa without hassle.

What is the Bahrain visa?

Bahrain has reintroduced the visa on arrival at all the Kingdom's entry points as of 4 September 2020. Travelers can also get Bahrain visas in advance through an online visa application process.

If you have a valid visa for Bahrain you can enter without the need for an invitation letter. However, this excludes the Bahrain visa on arrival issued at ports and airports.

The term "eVisa" refers to a visa that does not have a visible stamp or label. This is an electronic visa for which you can apply online, and the validity of the visa will be recognized at the border when you enter Bahrain. The Bahrain eVisa, which can be obtained through iVisa, is an example of this.

Do I need a visa to visit Bahrain?

The Kingdom of Bahrain requires a visa for visitors from most countries except those from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC visa-exempt countries are: Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates).

If you wish to enter Bahrain for tourism, visiting family, or attending a sports event, we can help you with your electronic visa application. Keep in mind that if you want to work or study in Bahrain we recommend contacting your nearest Bahrain embassy for other types of visas.

How long can I stay in Bahrain with the electronic visa?

The Bahrain visa is valid for 90 days after arrival and is a Multiple Entry online visa. The applicant must reapply if the eVisa expires before entering the Kingdom of Bahrain.

From the date of entry, you can stay a maximum of 30 days.

Bahrain visa requirements and required documents

To start the online application process for the Bahrain visa, you need to provide the following documents and information:

  • Copy of the photo page of the applicant's valid passport. Additionally, holders of Indian passports must submit a copy of the last page of their passport.

  • Copy of your return flight ticket.

Please note, depending on your nationality, you may also have to provide the following documents for your Bahrain visa application form:

  • A copy of your hotel booking confirmation for your stay in Bahrain or a copy of a relative's CPR Reader's printout. (if applicable).

  • A copy of a stamped bank statement under the traveler's name for the past three months, with an end balance of 800 USD or more. (if applicable)

Do I need a Bahrain eVisa if I'm transiting through the Kingdom of Bahrain?

No, you don't need to go through the Bahrain visa application process to transit at the airport, as long as you hold confirmed plane tickets and the necessary travel documents for your destination country.

How do I apply online for the Bahrain eVisa with iVisa?

Get your Bahrain tourist e-visa in three easy steps:

  • First, read all the information and fill out your details in the Bahrain visa application form. Then, choose the preferred processing time.

  • Second, double-check and verify your information and pay the iVisa processing fee (see below for more information on service fees).

  • Third, attach any documents required and click on the submit button to apply for your Bahrain tourist e-visa.

Please read all the info carefully and double-check the spelling. If you make a mistake and have already submitted the online form, it may be difficult for us to change this.

Once the online application is submitted and accepted, a confirmation of your Bahrain eVisa document will be sent per email. The eVisa will also be electronically linked to the applicant's passport.

What is the processing time and service fee to get a Bahrain visa?

At iVisa we are ready to help you get your Bahrain eVisa before departure, and we give you three options of processing times and visa fees to choose from, depending on your needs and how fast you need your Bahrain eVisa.

Please note that a government fee of USD $79.00 will be charged on top of iVisa.com's service fee:

  • Standard Processing Time: This option takes max. 7 Business Days and costs USD $25.99. It is a perfect choice for travelers whose arrival date is at least a few weeks in the future.

  • Rush Processing Time: You will receive your eVisa faster than the standard option, in just 6 Business Days, for USD $45.49.

  • Super Rush Processing Time: If you need the document urgently before travel, you can use this express option, which will take only 5 Business Days for a fee of USD $65.99.

Do children need a visa to visit Bahrain?

Yes, all foreign citizens wishing to travel to Bahrain for tourism require a visa, including children.

COVID-19 requirements and restrictions for Bahrain

Travel to Bahrain remains possible, including for transit passengers. From 20 February 2022, there are no PCR testing nor quarantine requirements for any visitors, regardless of their vaccination status.

You also do not need to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status to enter Bahrain.

What else should I keep in mind before traveling to Bahrain?

Bahrain is an important business and tourist destination both in Saudi Arabia and in the Middle East. While Bahrain locals tolerate foreigners and those from other faiths, just as in many countries in the Middle East, travelers should familiarize themselves with the country's culture and local laws to avoid offending their hosts.

Dresscode in Bahrain

Just as in every country with a majority-Muslim population, avoid violating cultural and religious norms and make sure to dress conservatively in public.

Women should cover their shoulders, knees, and midriff and avoid wearing any clothing that shows underwear. While men face far fewer restrictions, it is generally considered inappropriate for men to wear shorts in public.

Who can I speak to if I have more questions?

If you need assistance or would like to talk to one of our visa experts about your application for your upcoming trip to Bahrain, don't hesitate to contact our customer service team, available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at [email protected].

Required Documents to Apply
  • Your valid passport. Applicants from India will have to additionally submit a copy of the last page of their passports.

  • Copy of a return flight ticket.

  • Copy of your hotel booking in Bahrain. If you are staying with a relative or friend, you must provide a copy of their CPR Reader's printout.

  • Copy of a stamped bank statement under the visitor's name dated within the past three months with an ending balance of no less than the equivalent of 800 USD.

According to your nationality, you will be required to upload some additional documents.

Important Instructions
  • The Bahrain e-Visa is a Multiple Entry visa.

  • With the Bahrain eVisa you can stay in the country a maximum of 30 days Per Entry.

  • The Bahrain e-Visa is valid for 90 days after arrival.

  • The expiry date on the visa page is for your first entry date into Bahrain only, after which you receive the full validity period.

  • Applicants must be outside the Kingdom of Bahrain when applying for this visa.

  • You must enter Bahrain through the airport. You cannot use this visa to enter Bahrain via the King Fahad Causeway.

  • Proof of accommodation is required to obtain the travel document. The dates in this document MUST match the travel dates selected in the application. This is a requirement that is demanded by the government in order to issue the travel document.

  • You must have a valid/confirmed onward travel ticket to leave Bahrain.

  • You must be capable of supporting yourself (and dependents if traveling with you) financially during the visit.

  • The visa expiry date is the latest date on which you may enter Bahrain with this e-Visa.

  • If the visa expires before entry to the Kingdom of Bahrain, the applicant must reapply.

  • Your visa must expire before you can apply for another. Note that visas are issued one at a time.

  • The purpose of the visit must be tourism, business, or investment.

  • You must not take up paid employment during your visit to Bahrain.

  • Your passport must be valid for the length of time you will be in Bahrain, or the length of the visa, whichever is longer.

  • iVisa is a legitimate company, accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For more information, see the FAQs below.

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There is nothing to worry about because our customer service team has all the tools to help you with this issue. Contact our experts at any time and find the solution to the error in the application.
In these cases, you should contact your nearest embassy or consulate to see your alternatives if you still want to apply again. Unfortunately, iVisa can’t do much, as government agencies make the final decisions.
The Reference Number is essential to see the status of your application. Contact the Nationality, Passports & Residence Affairs (NPRA) of the Kingdom of Bahrain and provide your name, nationality, and passport number. You must use the same email you used for the application. They will provide the help you need.

Canceling your visa is possible, as trip plans can change. You should be aware of the iVisa refund policy in this case:

If your application hasn’t reached our experts team or the government body, you can receive a credit for the iVisa processing fee and a government fee. If the team has reviewed your online form but isn’t yet with the government agency, you can receive a credit for the government fee amount. If your visa is issued, you won’t have the chance to have credit.

Contact our customer service team to learn the steps to cancel your visa.

It will depend on where your application stands. If the data is still within our experts team, you can fix it. If it’s already sent to the government agency, you might be able to change it or not. It will depend on their guidelines. You can’t change any information if your visa is already with you.

We recommend connecting with our customer service team to see what they can do about the mistake on your application.

Don’t worry! Even when you don’t have the confirmation email, that doesn’t mean your application hasn’t been submitted. Head to the iVisa website and check your account. After paying, iVisa creates an account for you, where you can see the state of your application. In this case, you can log in, change your password, and enter your account. Confirm your order is there and continue waiting for your visa.