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People living in Saudi Arabia love to go to Bahrain to spend their vacation. Saudis and Expats living in Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, and Khobar prefer to go to Bahrain by road on their cars or through buses. In this article, we have explained how to get Bahrain on arrival visa for Saudi 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 a more open environment in Bahrain than in Saudi Arabia. Recommended: Get On Arrival Visit Visa at Bahrain Airport for Iqama Holders
In case you don't want to stay at King Fahd Causeway for long, you can always apply for an e-visa to Bahrain.
How to go to Bahrain from Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Iqama holders are entitled to get Bahrain on arrival visa either they are traveling by road or by air. Which mode of transport you should use depends upon the Saudi city you are living in.
How to travel from Riyadh to Bahrain?
If you are living in Riyadh, it is preferable if you travel to Bahrain by road in your car or by bus. The distance between Riyadh and the capital of Bahrain by road is around 470 km and it takes you around 5 hours to reach Bahrain from Riyadh by car if you go through King Fahd Causeway. In my opinion, it is better to go to
Unfortunately, there is no direct road bus service available from Riyadh to Bahrain. If you still opt to go to Bahrain from Riyadh by bus, it will take you around 9 to 11 hours and the bus fare will cost you around SR 140 if you go through SAPTCO service. It goes without saying that Saudi Iqama holders will have to take Bahrain on arrival visa at King Fahd Causeway.
How to travel from Jeddah to Bahrain?
If you are living in Jeddah, it is preferable if you travel to Bahrain by air, however, you can still go by road in your car or by bus. The distance between Jeddah and the capital of Bahrain by road is around 1400 km and it takes you around 15 hours to reach Bahrain from Jeddah by car if you go through King Fahd Causeway.
Unfortunately, there is no direct road bus service available from Jeddah to Bahrain. If you still opt to go to Bahrain from Jeddah by bus, it will take you around 21 to 24 hours and the bus fare will cost you around SR 315 if you go through SAPTCO service. It goes without saying that Saudi Iqama holders will have to take Bahrain on arrival visa at King Fahd Causeway.
How to travel from Dammam and Khobar to Bahrain?
If you are living in Dammam or Khobar, it is preferable if you travel to Bahrain by road in your car or by bus. The distance between Dammam and Khobar to the capital of Bahrain is 75 km and 50 km respectively and it takes you around 1 hour to reach Bahrain from Dammam and Khobar by car if you go through King Fahd Causeway. Recommended: What is the best time to cross Bahrain Causeway?
There are daily 5 SAPTCO buses from Dammam to Bahrain starting from 7.30 am until 11 pm. It takes 3 hours to reach from Dammam to Bahrain by bus. The Dammam to Bahrain bus fare is SR 70 for one side. Unfortunately, there is no bus service from Khobar to Bahrain so you will have to take a taxi from Khobar to Dammam SAPTCO station to take a bus to Bahrain. It goes without saying that Saudi Iqama holders will have to take Bahrain on arrival visa at King Fahd Causeway.
Dammam and Khobar to Bahrain taxi service cost you around SR 300. Let's say if 4 people are traveling to Bahrain together, you can book a taxi. You can also rent a car from Dammam or Khobar to travel to Bahrain. Tell them that you want to drive it to Bahrain and they will issue you an authorization to drive it to Bahrain.
King Fahd Causeway Bahrain Immigration
Once you are on King Fahad Causeway, you will be starting feeling that you are going out of the congested environment of Saudi Arabia. View on both sides of the Road is amazing. Even if someone is not going to Bahrain, he should travel to the King Fahad Causeway with his family for a recreational tour. Recommended: 6 Things to do on Causeway to Bahrain
Once you reach King Fahd Causeway immigration counter, you will have to give your passport, exit re-entry visa, and Saudi Iqama to the officer to get Bahrain on arrival visa. GCC residents will have to show the Iqama.
Bahrain visa fee from Sudi Arabia
Bahrain on arrival visa fee from Saudi Arabia is BD 2 (for 3 days) to BD 5 (for 1 or 2 weeks) based upon the duration of your stay in Bahrain and let you enter the Kingdom of Bahrain. As you can see, the Bahrain visit visa cost from Saudi Arabia is quite minimal.
If you are entering to Bahrain from King Fahad Causeway, immigration officer of Bahrain issues 14 days single entry visa.
In addition to that, all travelers arriving in Bahrain will need to pay 30 Bahraini dinars (nearly SR300, $80) for mandatory coronavirus test.
Requirements to get Bahrain on Arrival Visa for Saudi Iqama Holders
In order to get Bahrain on arrival visa, Saudi Iqama holders must have the following documents;
Passport must be valid for the length of time you will be in Bahrain, or the length of the 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 of validity.
Profession on Iqama
Unlike UAE and Qatar, you can get the visa for Bahrain irrespective of the profession you have on your Saudi Iqama which means that even a laborer can get Bahrain on arrival visa.
The Validity of Iqama
Applicant must have had a current resident permit of Saudi Arabia for at least 3 months and it should also be valid for the next 3 months. You can Check Iqama Expiry Date Online.
Can a Saudi Visit Visa holder get a Bahrain on arrival Visa?
Thousands of people come to Saudi Arabia on a visit visa. Their relatives who are iqama holders are entitled to get an on-arrival visa to Bahrain. They want to ask if Saudi visit visa holders are also entitled to get a Bahrain on arrival visa. We have written a detailed article on this topic. Recommended: Can a Saudi Visit Visa holder get on arrival visa of Bahrain?
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