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What is the process for obtaining a visa?

The process for obtaining a visa depends on what type of visa you are eligible for.

Sponsored? If you require a sponsored visa, your sponsor (eg. your employer, if it is for work) will arrange this. If they are Registered Users of this site, they can apply online for your visa using this site.

Unsponsored? If you are eligible for a Visit eVisa, you can obtain one yourself by clicking here.

Not sure? Go to Apply for eVisa, provide basic information about your circumstances, and the system will show you what visa types are available, and how to obtain them:

"Internet" means that you can apply here and now, using this site.

"On Arrival" means that you can travel to Bahrain without a visa and apply for one at the border.

"Embassy" means that you must contact your nearest Bahrain embassy.

"Sponsor" means that you must contact a sponsor and arrange a visa in advance. Airlines, large hotels, and registered travel agents in Bahrain can act as your sponsor.

In every case, you must make sure that you qualify for a visa by carefully reading the conditions, and verifying that you meet all of the requirements.

Instructions for obtaining an eVisa

There are three steps to obtaining an eVisa through this website:

  1. Make an application by pressing Apply for eVisa and filling in the simple form, including details of your passport. Take note of the Application Reference Number supplied.

    If further applications are required and you want to pay for them all with the same credit or debit card, then press the "Submit another application" button.

  2. Pay the required fee using a credit or debit card (through a secure session with a payment gateway).

  3. Check your application online (using the reference number provided) to see if it has been approved. Your application might take up to 72 hours to process.

You can print a copy of the approval to carry with you when you travel. (This step is optional).

If your application is not approved, you will need to contact NPRA or the nearest Bahrain embassy.

What is the Visit eVisa?