Whether you are visiting the Kingdom of Bahrain, for tourism or business purposes, you can easily find out your eligibility to receive an entry visa through the eVisa platform provided be the Nationality, Passport and Residence Affairs (NPRA). The platform also enables you to check the status of your visa, pay for the application, correct your visa application, and even extend your visa if you choose to extend your visit.

The requirements to obtain an entry visa for the Kingdom of Bahrain vary based on the nationality, and it is always advisable to check the regulations before traveling. Currently, every nationality entering the Kingdom of Bahrain needs an entry visa, except for the Gulf Cooperation Council nationals (Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar).

Visa Applications

eVisas are available for visitors from more than 200 countries. If you are from a country that is not eligible for an on-arrival visa, an entry visa must be issued in advance via a Bahrain embassy in your country of residence, a Bahraini sponsor, or a travel agency. View the nationalities that are required to obtain eVisas prior to arrival in the Kingdom.

Golden Residency Visa

The Golden Residency Visa can be issued based on certain criteria. The Golden Residency offers the opportunity to live permanently in the Kingdom of Bahrain to you and your family (spouse, children, and parents), it also allows employment in the Kingdom, as well as multiple entries to the Kingdom of Bahrain without restrictions.

The following categories can apply for a Golden Residency should they meet the standards:

  • Property Owners
  • Residents (Employees and Retirees)
  • Retirees
  • Highly Talented Individuals (within the standards and regulations applied in the Kingdom of Bahrain).

Visit the Golden Residency Visa Services for more information on the guidelines and requirements.

On-arrival Visas

Visitors from more than 60 countries can receive visas upon arrival at Bahrain International Airport. The visa is issued for a specific fee and covers the issuance of a first time visa or an extension (if eligible). Visitors from the following countries are eligible for on-arrival visas.

Tourist Visas

The Kingdom welcomes tourists from around the world to enjoy its warm hospitality and many attractions. To visit the Kingdom, you must have one of the following visas issued depending on the duration of your stay:

Visit visas: issued for individuals invited by companies in Bahrain, and for visitors.
Transit visas: issued at the request of licensed companies such as hotels or other authorised commercial entities.

To benefit from the online visa services, visit the Visa Services, and for more information, visit the eVisa platform.

Work Visas

If you are not a Bahraini citizen and plan to work in Bahrain, your sponsor can submit a work visa application for you via the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA).

If you are coming to Bahrain for a new job, head to LMRA ’s offices at the Bahrain International Airport for fingerprint scanning and visa issuance. 


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Content Last Updated: 16 Oct, 2023

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