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Emigration and Visas in Bahrain


Emigration and Visas in Bahrain

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Bahrain Emigration

Do I need a visa?

A Visa is required for all people who wish to enter Bahrain. If you are taking up employment in Bahrain, you require a work visa, which is normally valid for one or two years. This also entitles you to reside in the country.

In order to obtain a visa, you require a sponsor, which is normally your employer if you're working.

Most visas and permits consist of passport stamps, so that immigration authorities can check that you have the necessary authorisation when you enter or leave the country. Costs are applicable with various visas and permits.


Make sure you check the latest entry requirements with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain before you travel.

You can get a visa on arrival, but to ensure a smoother process at the border in Bahrain it is best to get a visa in advance, from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the UK.

On arrival in Bahrain, visitors can be issued visas for 24 hours, 72 hours, 2 weeks or 3 months, depending on their need and at the discretion of the Immigration Officer. You may be asked to provide evidence of onward or return travel. If you enter as a visitor you must not take up employment.

In Bahrain you can apply to renew your visa at Nationality Passport and Residence Affairs (NPRA) at the Ministry of Interior. You can apply for residency through the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA).

Business visitors should bring a letter of invitation Journalists or representatives of NGOs visiting Bahrain should get a visa before travelling.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Bahrain.

What are the requirements to live and work in Bahrain?

To live and work in Bahrain, you are required to have the following:

  • Work Visa, also called a 'no objection certificate' (NOC)
  • Work Permit: Issued by the Ministry of Labour
  • Residency Permit: Issued by the General Department for Nationality
  • CPR Card (Identity Card): Issued by the Central Informatics Organisation
  • A certificate to show that you are in good general health and free from HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

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