Getting a visa in Bahrain

Whether you're just visiting or making the big move, we've got you covered

Getting a visa in Bahrain

Before travelling to Bahrain, it's important to check what kind of visa you need.

Visitors from certain countries have to apply at an embassy before entering the Kingdom, whereas others can get one at the border.

And if you need a work visa, there's lots of documents you'll need to submit before your employer can sort things out for you.

Don't worry, read on for our brief explainer on everything you need to know about getting a visa in Bahrain.

Tourist visa
If you’re a citizen of Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, you’re free to enter Bahrain without a visa. There are 67 countries, including those in the EU, North America, much of South America and Australia whose nationals can get a visa on arrival that can last for up to two weeks and costs BHD5/US$13. Other nationalities must apply before entering the country through an embassy or a Bahraini sponsor.

Work visa
Your employer will make your visa application to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) for you, but you’ll need to send them a bunch of documents first. These include a copy of your passport, a visa application form and a passport photo. You will also need to visit an approved GAMCA medical centre in your home country for a medical check, and submit a copy of this.

If you’re bringing your family with you, will need to submit a visa application form, copies of your passport and theirs, your contract, your sponsorship letter and a copy of your medical check.

Central Population Registry (CPR) card
To do basically anything in Bahrain, you will need a CPR card, as this ID is used for banking and any health or government services. You can apply for one online once you have your visa, and all you’ll need is your passport, an employer’s letter, marriage and birth certificates for your family and BHD1/US$3. After submitting the application, you’ll also need to book an appointment at the CIO to complete it.

Be the first to get all the latest Bahrain news, reviews and deals into your inbox by signing up to our free newsletter, click here to sign up.

More from Moving to Bahrain

You can now start lessons two months before your 18th birthday

Financial adviser Jason Cook answers your questions on credit cards, investments, bills and more in light of the coronavirus pandemic

Whether you’re a bargain hunter or a big spender

Where to get your fresh fruit and vegetables and other pantry products in Bahrain

Here are the key guidelines to be aware of at this important time of year

Newsletters

Follow us