How To Apply For A Bahrain Visa On Arrival: Eligibility And Visa Requirements

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Jun 14, 2022

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The Kingdom Of Bahrain has lifted the restrictions on international travel, and all countries can visit the country. However, most countries require a visa to visit the country unless they are one of the neighboring countries.

The simplest and easiest way to get a visa is by applying for a Bahrain visa before your trip. This would save you the hassle of standing in long queues at the airport to get the visa on arrival. Regardless, the visa on arrival option is lucrative and comes in handy when you need to visit the country urgently.

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If you wish to apply for a visa on arrival in Bahrain, you will need to know a few things beforehand. In this blog, you will find all the necessary information about the Bahrain VOA.

Which Countries Can Apply For Bahrain Visa On Arrival?

Other than the Gulf Cooperation Council or GCC countries, all the other citizens require a valid and relevant visa to visit Bahrain. These visas can be either a single entry visa or multiple entry visa. You can obtain it at the Bahrain Embassy or Consular, as an electronic visa or evisa, or a visa on arrival.

The countries that can contain a Bahrain tourist visa on arrival are:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Finland, France, French Guyana, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, US, Vatican City, Venezuela

If you have a valid visit visa to UAE, UK, USA, KSA (excluding Hajj & Umrah visa), Schengen, or USA Green Card, you can also apply for a visa in Bahrain.

If your country is not on the list, worry not; you can check your eligibility to apply for a Bahrain evisa.

Which Bahrain Visa On Arrival Can US Citizens Apply For?

As you can see above, US passport holders are eligible for a visa on arrival in Bahrain. Regardless, you must meet the visa requirements and gather all the necessary travel documents according to Bahrain’s visa policy before your trip. These documents are the same as those you will need for your online application.

US citizens can apply for two types of visit visas upon arriving in Bahrain. One of these visas is a Single Entry Visit Visa, and the other one is a Multiple Entry Visit Visa. These two visa types are valid and cost differently depending on the one you decide to get.

What Are The Visa Requirements For Bahrain Visa On Arrival?

You will require travel documents similar to a Bahraini evisa application. There is a chance that the immigration officer will not ask you for some or any of these documents; however, you must have them when you arrive in Bahrain.

You will need the following travel documents for your visa on arrival:

  • Your valid passport (valid for at least 6 months)
  • Return air ticket
  • Proof of accommodation such as hotel booking
  • If you will be staying with a relative, you must submit a Central Population Registry or CPR reader’s printout
  • Three months bank statements with the balance of no less than USD 800 or less than the equivalent of BD 300
  • Cash, credit card, or a debit card for visa Fee
  • Yellow fever vaccination card if traveling from a high-risk country

There are a few other things that you should keep in mind when applying for a Bahrain visa on arrival:

  • You are not allowed to take up any work, including NGO, volunteering, or unpaid jobs in Bahrain on the visa.
  • You must be able to provide and support yourself and your dependents throughout your stay in Bahrain.
  • Your passport must stay valid throughout your stay or through the validity of your visa, whichever is longer.
  • If the immigration officer is not satisfied or suspects the validity of your passport, your visa can be denied.
  • You must meet the visa requirements to be granted a visa on arrival.
  • You must not violate any rules and regulations in Bahrain.

What Are The Covid19 Regulations In Bahrain?

In Bahrain, there are no covid19 restrictions in place currently. Therefore, you do not need to take an RT-PCR covid19 test or antigen test before arriving in Bahrain; neither you need to show proof of vaccination. You also do not have to quarantine upon arriving in Bahrain.

However, you must contact your airlines and find out their requirements. For example, sometimes the airlines require you to either have a negative RT-PCR test result or be fully vaccinated to let you on board.

How Do I Get My Bahrain Visa On Arrival?

After arriving at Bahrain international airport or other ports of entry, you can start the application process for your visa on arrival in Bahrain. To get your visa on arrival, you must head to the immigration desk at the airport. You must tell the immigration office that you would like to apply for the visa on arrival. They will ask you for your passport, and if necessary, they will ask you to hand in your travel documents.

The immigration officer might ask you questions about your stay and purpose in Bahrain. You must answer them truthfully and provide proof wherever requested. If the immigration officer is content with your application, they will grant your visa and ask you to pay the visa fees; there is no visa processing time.

Once you have paid the visa fees, you will get the receipt of your visa fees. Then, the immigration officer will stamp your passport and allow you into the country. Usually, this process is not complicated, and you will be granted a visa. However, in some instances, if the immigration officer has any suspicions or you cannot justify your stay in Bahrain, you could get your visa rejected.

What Is The Validity Of A Bahrain Visa On Arrival?

When applying for your visa at the Bahrain international airport, the immigration officer will grant you a visa for two weeks or 30 days. Depending on your needs and how long you wish to stay in the country, you can choose. The two visas also differ in visa price.

If you decide to get the Single Entry Visit Visa on arrival, you will be allowed to stay a maximum of two weeks in Bahrain. You can only enter Bahrain once on a single entry visit visa.

If you decide to get the Multiple Entry Visit Visa on arrival, you can stay in the country for one month and enter the country multiple times during the validity of the visa. The validity of the visa will depend on the immigration office and can be checked on your passport.

You must not overstay your visa validity and must leave the country before the expiration of your visa.

How Much Does Bahrain Visa On Arrival Cost?

Depending on the visa on arrival you choose in Bahrain, the visa fees vary. The single entry visit visa costs 5 BD or equivalent to 14 USD. The multiple-entry visit visa costs 12 BD or 32 USD.

It would be best to take cash if the border control does not allow credit or debit card payments.

Can I Extend My Bahrain Visa On Arrival?

Fortunately, you can extend both the single entry and multiple entry visas in Bahrain. You can extend the visa by contacting Nationality, Passports & Residence Affairs (NPRA) in Bahrain and upon paying a visa extension fee.

You can contact the NPRA at:

Address: 6HQR+F25, Exhibitions Ave, Manama, Bahrain

Phone: +973 1739 9777

Or by visiting Bahrain’s National portal

To check more articles on Bahrain and get updated news on the country, visit our country’s page on Atlys.

Happy Traveling!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Countries Can Get Online Visa For Bahrain?

Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Columbia, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Finland, France, French, Guyana, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, Mozambique, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto, Rico, Romania, Russia, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis aint 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, The British Virgin Islands, The Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK, Virgin Islands, Uruguay, US, Vatican City, Venezuela

Who Does Not Need A Visa For Bahrain?

The Gulf Cooperation Council or GCC countries travel visa-free to visit Bahrain. Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Saudi Arabia have visa exemptions for Bahrain. Additionally, citizens of Qatar can get an evisa. The nationals of GCC can stay in Bahrain visa-free for 3 months.

What Is A CPR Reader’s Printout Bahrain?

The Central Population Registry Card or CPR Card is a unique ID card that consists of all your personal information and has an embedded readable chip. This card is only issued to Bahraini citizens and foreign nationals people with a work visa, residence permit, or long-term visas for Bahrain; tourists cannot get the CPR card. You need the printout of the CPR card with your Bahrain visa application.

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