What Types Of Bahrain Visas Are Available?




Basking in the warm, calm and clear waters of Persian Gulf, Bahrain is a multi cultural, incredibly prosperous country. Over the years, it has become a very popular destination for professional expatriates looking for opportunities to better their career life. Thanks to its general liberal nature, Bahrain is a place where foreigners can enjoy the best of a new life abroad. A residence visa is required by citizens of other countries so that they can be required to enter, live and work in Bahrain.

There is a vast range of Bahrain visas available which you can apply to. Generally speaking, various factors determine the kind of visa you can apply to such as whether you already have a job offer, whether you are a dependant or a spouse of another person already working in Bahrain. Generally speaking, your options for Bahrain visa are based on a number of different characteristics including:

  • Sponsor requirement
  • Purpose of visit
  • eVisa or standard visa
  • place of issue
  • single or multiple entry

To help you understand these concepts better, here is a highlight of exactly what is involved:

Sponsor requirement: In most cases, Bahrain visas are acquired through sponsorship. In this regard, the company where you intend to work at, say probably a hotel will obtain the visa for you. Your travel agent can also sponsor your visa as well. While unsponsored Bahrain visas do exist, these are only availed for certain purposes and only to specific nationality groups.

Purpose: why are you moving to Bahrain from your home country? The purpose of the visa is simply the reason why you need a residence visa and this could probably be for the purpose of general tourism, visit family, work e.t.c.

E-visa or standard visa: standard Bahrain visas are so called because they can be seen in the passport either as a label or a stamp. E-visa is a term used to mean a scenario where no visible label or stamp exists. In short, this is an electronic Bahrain residence visa and it is valid and recognized when entering Bahrain at the border. Visit e-visa for example is obtained online when you want to visit Bahrain.

Single/ multiple: when it comes to single/ multiple Bahrain visas, this generally refers to the number of visits to Bahrain that one can make using his or her case. Single entry visas are the most common ones even though certain nationalities are offered multiple entry visas as well.

Place of issue: where was your Bahrain visa issued? While you can get some visas upon arrival, it is a requirement that Bahrain visas are pre- arranged through one arrives in the country, either through an embassy or sponsor.

For you to be granted a Bahrain residence visa, it is a requirement that you a pay a fee. Where extension is permitted, you will also need to pay subsequent fee as well. Keep in mind that each of these visas comes with its unique set of conditions that you should understand and beware about before moving to Bahrain.

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