Procedure to Apply for e-Visa to Bahrain for GCC Residents

Bahrain is a very good place to visit if you are living in Saudi Arabia. In this article, I shall be writing about the procedure to get on arrival e-visa of Bahrain for GCC Residents (Iqama Holders). Bahrain is not very different from the land of Saudi Arabia as far as the natural environment is concerned but you can enjoy more openness in Bahrain than in Saudi Arabia. People go to Bahrain many times to visit their weekend. It is a small country with a population of 1.3 million out of which half are expatriates. The capital of Bahrain, Manama is the main attraction for people traveling from Saudi Arabia. You can enjoy alcoholic drinks, girls and an open environment there. Girls don’t need to cover themselves with Abayas, they have cinemas there, waterparks where girls and boys can swim together.[irp]

Conditions for 3 days and 7 days e-Visa for GCC Residents (Iqama Holders)

The 3 day and 7 days e-Visa for GCC Residents (Iqama Holders) is only granted subject to the following terms and conditions;

Visa Application fee for GCC Residents (Iqama Holders) is BD 2 and e-Visa fee is BD 10 for 3 days and BD 15 for 7 days. In total BD 12 or BD 17 needs to be paid online at the time of applying for e-Visa. The application fee is not refundable under any circumstances. The e-Visa fee may be refundable under some circumstances. Payment of an application fee does not guarantee approval of an e-Visa. Holding a e-Visa does not guarantee you entry to the Kingdom of Bahrain. You must meet all the conditions on arrival to be granted entry, at the discretion of an Immigration Officer. The e-Visa is issued on the Internet and the e-Visa fee is paid on the Internet, and no receipt is issued.

Passport must be valid for the length of time you will be in Bahrain, or the length of the e-Visa, whichever is longer. If your passport validity is in doubt, you may be denied entry to Bahrain. However, it is better to go there if your passport has at least 6 months’ validity.

Applicant must have had a current resident permit (Iqama holder) of a GCC state for at least 6 months. Applicant's resident permit (Iqama) for a GCC state must be valid for at least another 6 months. You must bring residence permit along with you.

The validity of on arrival e-visa of Bahrain for GCC Residents (Iqama Holders) is 30 days. This means the e-Visa must be used within 30 days of approval. If the e-Visa expires before use by the applicant, the sponsor must apply again, and another fee must be paid.

You must enter Bahrain through the airport. You cannot use this e-Visa to enter Bahrain via the King Fahad Causeway. There is a separate procedure to enter from King Fahad Gateway which has been explained in this link “On Arrival Visit Visa of Bahrain through Causeway for Iqama Holders”

You must not take up paid employment during your visit to Bahrain. You must be able to support yourself (and any dependents) during the visit. The visitor must have a valid confirmed onward ticket to leave Bahrain.

The length of stay allowed is 3 days. The e-Visa can be used only once, for a single entry.

Procedure to Apply for e-Visa of Bahrain for GCC Residents (Iqama Holders): First, open the official website for e-Visa of Bahrain. You can open it by clicking on this link “Official Website of e-Visa of Bahrain”. A page will appear where you will have to enter all the required details. It is a full procedure which you will have to follow. I have attached the screenshots below which can help you in accomplishing the procedure to apply for e-Visa of Bahrain fot8mujmr GCC Residents (Iqama Holders). 

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.