Recently I visited the Kingdom of Bahrain a country located on the western shores of Persian gulf in the middle east. It’s an Island country and comprises of 30 Islands and has no land border with any other country. However, it’s connected to Saudi Arabia via a bridge that’s built over the sea. I got visa to Bahrain on a Pakistani passport while applying online, so it was an eVisa, and I’ll share the exact details and experience with you.
Who Don’t Need a Visa to Bahrain?
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar and citizens of State of Kuwait don’t need a visa to Bahrain. Citizens of these countries can enter Bahrain with their national identity cards.
Bahrain Visa on Arrival
54 countries can get Bahrain visa on arrival including United States, EU countries, Australia, Japan, Canada and many other countries. The visa on arrival is for 14 days and for tourism purposes. Below is the list of countries who’ll receive visa on arrival in Bahrain. United Kingdom & Ireland citizens will get 3 months visa on arrival.
- European Union All European Union citizens
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United States
- Vatican City
Bahrain eVisa for Tourism
Many countries including Pakistan and India can apply for Bahrain visa online, and this visa is valid for up to 14 days and for multiple entries. Here is the list of countries that can apply for eVisa to Bahrain.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- United Kingdom BOTCs
- Dominican Republic
- Ivory Coast
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- South Africa
And the updated list can be found here on the official website of Bahrain.
Note: whether you are in the “Visa on Arrival” category or “eVisa“, you must have a passport or travel document valid for at least 6 months, you must have scanned copies of your onward ticket and hotel reservation. The visa officer may also ask the purpose of your visit, you need to satisfy him with your answers.
My Bahrain Visa Experience
Unlike the Qatar Visa I got Online, the Bahrain visa was not hassle free.
As it was stated on the official website of Bahrain that I can get an eVisa with Pakistani passport, so I applied for it on 6 November 2016 and my planned date of arrival to Bahrain was 17 November. It was stated on the website that I’ll get the visa approval/rejection message in 5 days.
I waited for 5 days to pass, and the email didn’t arrive, I contacted them on 11 November about the status of the visa, but I received no reply. On 15 November, when I was in Doha Qatar, and had confirmed flight to Bahrain after 1 day, I again emailed them for urgency. And on 16 November, I received an email from them that my visa has been approved and I can now travel to Bahrain.
It was all dramatic, but finally I was able to print out the PDF file which was actually an eVisa for 14 days. And the next day I arrived at Manama international airport, the immigration officer only asked where I’ll be staying in Bahrain, and told him the hotel name. And he stamped the passport within 5 minutes.
While applying for eVisa to Bahrain, you need to have the following documents ready with you in electronic format so that you can upload it to the visa application, without these documents, you’ll not be able to continue the application:
- Scanned copy of your passport
- Bank statement of the last 3 months
- Confirm onward tickets
- Hotel reservation
- Any supporting document i.e US visa, EU visa, Residence visa of any country
It’ll cost you $77 USD for the visa to Bahrain through the online system, and you must have a Credit Card or Debit Card ready in your hands in order to pay this amount directly to the online system.
Bahrain’s officials who run the online eVisa system are not very efficient, but still you can manage to get an eVisa from them. But I must advise that you should apply before 10 days of your planned arrival to Bahrain, as it took 10 days in my case and I had US visa on my passport.
I have shared all the available information and my personal experience with you throughout this post, but I’ll also advise to keep in touch with the above mentioned official website for latest updates and policy changes. You can also find your country in the list of eligible countries here.