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UK ETA for Bahraini citizens: Complete application guide for 2023
9 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

From February 2024 onwards, the UK ETA will become mandatory for countries that are now visa-waiver-listed, including Bahrain.

Are you a Bahraini citizen planning to travel to the United Kingdom? If so, you might wonder about getting a UK Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Lucky you, we’re here to help!

This comprehensive guide will walk you through the step-by-step application process, requirements, and essential information to ensure a smooth and hassle-free travel experience. Let's dive into the details of the UK ETA for Bahraini citizens!

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Do Bahraini citizens need an ETA for the United Kingdom?

Yes, indeed! From February 2024 onwards, Bahraini citizens traveling to the UK must have an Electronic Travel Authorisation. This new ETA makes visa-free travel easier and replaces the previous UK Visa Waiver.

However, you still have the option to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa. Learn more about the difference between the travel documents below.

Types of UK Visas available for Bahraini citizens

There are different travel documents that Bahraini citizens can use to visit the UK. The British government has introduced new measures to improve security and make the visa application process super easy. So, here's what you need to know:

UK ETA for Bahraini citizens

The UK ETA is the way to go if you're a Bahraini citizen planning travel to the UK from 2024 onwards. It'll replace the Visa Waiver for UK visa-free travelers and be available for many countries, including the Gulf Cooperation Council states. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) includes the following Middle East countries:
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

With the UK ETA, you can enjoy short-term stays of up to 180 days. You can apply through our website or, for even more conveniencec, via our iVisa app.

Wondering what you can do with the UK ETA? Here are some options for you:

  • Have a blast with tourism and leisure activities

  • Engage in business activities

  • Visit your friends and family members

  • Take up short-term courses or training for up to 3 months

  • Use it for transit purposes

UK Visa: Visitor Visa for Bahraini citizens

The UK Standard Visitor Visa is another option for Bahraini citizens who want to visit the UK, but it involves a slightly more complex process. The validity of this visa depends on your situation and can vary from 6 months to 10 years, giving you the flexibility of multiple visits. The visa requirements also vary depending on the purpose of your visit.

To apply for the Standard Visitor Visa, you must schedule an appointment at the UK Embassy or Visa Application Centre in Bahrain. You must provide your biometric information and go through an interview. Don't worry! If this is the best option for you, we've got your back with our guided services. We'll provide professional help to ensure a stress-free application process.

You have the following British visa types in this category:

  • Tourist visa

  • Business visa

  • Visitor Visa for medical reasons

  • Student visa

  • Family Visitor Visa

All about the UK ETA for Bahraini nationals

Planning a trip from Bahrain to the United Kingdom? Then, you must learn about the UK Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), a digital alternative to the regular Visit Visa. The UK ETA allows visa-exempt travelers from Bahrain to visit England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

The UK government is working towards strengthening border security and maintaining proper records of incoming visitors. By 2025, they plan to fully digitize the UK border control, ensuring robust security checks. So, when you arrive in the UK, all you'll need to do is scan the same passport you used when applying for the ETA.

From February 2024, the ETA will be mandatory for Bahraini citizens. Until then, you can still enter the UK using the Electronic Visa Waiver.

Benefits of a UK ETA for Bahraini citizens

When you apply for an UK ETA, you get some awesome perks. Check them out:

  • Convenience: Complete the ETA application process entirely online from the comfort of your home.

  • Cost-effectiveness: The UK ETA is more affordable than other types of UK visas. It's perfect if you're planning a short-term stay and want to save some money.

  • Flexibility: With the ETA, you can make multiple trips to the UK within the validity period. So you can easily plan your visits and be free to come and go.

  • Simplified procedures: Applying for the ETA involves fewer documents and a streamlined process than traditional visa applications. It's straightforward and efficient!

UK immigration requirements: UK ETA requirements

The UK government has developed the Electronic Travel Authorisation system to smooth the application process while ensuring border security. If you're planning to get your UK ETA, here are the essential requirements you need to know.

UK ETA: Eligibility criteria for Bahraini citizens

  • Non-visa nationals: You must be a citizen or passport holder of a country on the UK's visa waiver list, which includes Bahrain. Use our Visa Checker Tool to verify your eligibility if you're from another country.

  • The intended purpose of visit: The ETA is generally granted for tourism, visiting family or friends, conducting business activities, or short-term study in the UK. For other travel purposes, you must apply for a visa.

  • Valid Bahraini passport: Ensure you have a valid passport that is digitally readable and meets the UK's entry requirements in terms of remaining validity.

It’s a new system, so eligibility criteria and the application process may change when the document is launched. Stay updated with the latest information to meet all the ETA requirements.

Document requirements for Bahraini citizens

The exact document requirements for the UK ETA haven't been released yet. Nevertheless, you’ll probably need the following essential items:

  • A valid Bahrain passport with a biometric microchip.

  • Travel details, such as travel dates and purpose of travel.

  • A valid email address.

  • A credit or debit card to pay the fees.

Financial requirements for Bahraini citizens

The British government didn’t announce specific information regarding financial requirements for the ETA application. However, we recommend you have sufficient funds to cover your trip expenses.

How long can Bahraini citizens stay in the UK?

As a Bahraini citizen with a UK ETA, you can stay in the UK for up to six months per visit. The actual length of stay will be determined during the registration process.

The ETA will be valid for two years and will allow multiple entries. If your passport expires before the travel authorization, you must apply for a new ETA with your new passport to return to the United Kingdom.

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UK ETA application process

The application process for the UK ETA will be straightforward and user-friendly. As a Bahraini applicant, you'll complete the form online, and the ETA will be digitally linked to your passport. Here's what you can expect:

Step-by-step guide to applying for the UK ETA in Bahrain

Once the UK ETA becomes available for Bahraini citizens, you can apply through our website or convenient iVisa app! Just follow the simple steps:

  • Step 1: Fill out the application form with your basic and travel information. Double-check everything to avoid mistakes and choose a processing time.

  • Step 2: Pay for the visa fee online on our secure payment platform.

  • Step 3: Upload the required documents and submit your application!

That's it! You'll receive a confirmation of your approved ETA within the selected processing time. The ETA will be electronically linked to your passport, but we recommend printing the confirmation email as a precaution.

What are the prices and costs for the UK ETA in Bahrain?

The estimated government fee for the UK ETA is US$10 (to be confirmed). When applying through our services, you must consider the total cost, including the UK ETA government fee and our processing fee, which may vary depending on the chosen processing time.

UK ETA processing time in Bahrain

Although the exact ETA processing times in Bahrain are currently unknown, the process typically takes about three working days. To accommodate different preferences and budgets, we provide various processing options. Check out:

  • Standard processing: This option is suitable for budget-conscious travelers who plan their trips well in advance and wish to save money.

  • Rush processing: If you require a faster ETA approval, the rush processing choice expedites the process for an additional fee, ensuring a quicker delivery of your document.

  • Super rush processing: Designed for individuals with urgent travel needs, this option offers the fastest processing time. However, an extra express fee is involved.

Whether you prefer meticulous planning or spontaneous adventures, our processing options cater to your needs.

Tips for a successful UK ETA application in Bahrain

While the UK ETA is not yet available for Bahraini citizens, you can prepare for the application process by considering the following helpful tips:

  • Review and double-check the application form: Carefully review all the information in your ETA application form. Ensure that your details, passport information, and travel itinerary are accurate and up to date.

  • Apply in advance: Submit your application well in advance to account for potential processing delays and allow ample time to address any issues. Applying early also provides the opportunity to select a more affordable processing time.

  • Be accurate and truthful: Provide accurate and truthful information in your application. Answer all questions honestly and to the best of your knowledge.

  • Keep track of application status: Note the reference number or tracking information provided and periodically check the status of your application.

  • Seek professional assistance if needed: If you encounter difficulties or have questions during the application process, contact our customer service team. Our iVisa Experts are always available to provide guidance and assistance.

What can I do if I make a mistake on my UK ETA application?

If you discover an error on your UK ETA application after submission, contact our customer service team. If your application has not undergone processing by the UK government, we can assist you in correcting the mistakes.

How can I apply for my family or friends in Bahrain?

If you have all the necessary information, you can complete the application form on behalf of your family or friends. Our platform typically offers an "Add applicant" option, allowing you to include your relatives and streamline the process by completing it for everyone at once.

Common reasons for UK ETA refusals in Bahrain

While the UK ETA is not currently available for Bahraini citizens, knowing the potential reasons for ETA refusals is crucial. Some common factors that may result in a rejection include:

  • Incomplete or inaccurate information: Ensure all details provided are complete and accurate, aligning with the supporting documents.

  • Failure to meet eligibility criteria: The application may be rejected if the applicant does not meet the eligibility criteria for the UK ETA, such as possessing a passport from a visa waiver country or traveling for a permissible purpose.

  • Previous immigration or travel violations: Past violations, such as overstaying a previous visa or involvement in criminal activities, can lead to denying a UK ETA application.

What to expect after submitting the UK ETA application in Bahrain?

While processing your UK ETA application, UK authorities will check your background and review your application form. If everything proceeds smoothly, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you of the approval of your UK ETA.

UK ETA approval and denial for Bahraini Citizens

  • Approved UK ETA: Upon approval, you will receive an email confirming that your ETA has been granted and is electronically linked to your passport. Simply present your passport to the immigration officer upon arrival.

  • Denied UK ETA: If your application is denied, it signifies that the UK government has identified a problem or inconsistency with your application. You can review the information and eligibility criteria and reapply for the ETA.

Traveling before February 2024? Get a UK Electronic Visa Waiver

As the UK government plans to introduce the ETA for Bahraini citizens in February 2024, travelers visiting British territory before that date will require an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW). The EVW is an online entry permit enabling travel for tourism, business, study, or medical treatment purposes.

On our platform, you can complete the EVW application online in a few minutes. Therefore, if you have upcoming travel plans in the coming months, ensure you get your UK EVW.

Before embarking on your trip, consult our comprehensive UK travel guide! It provides valuable insights regarding weather conditions, local cuisine, and must-see attractions. Be well-prepared for an unforgettable journey to the United Kingdom!

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