Bahrain has resumed visa on arrival services for foreign nationals from 68 countries.

Key Points:

  • Nationals from this list of countries are eligible for visas on arrival.
    Citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council countries are also eligible for visas on arrival, with the exception of those from Qatar. Qatari nationals must obtain a visa before entering Bahrain.
  • Though visa on arrival services have resumed for many travelers, entry remains restricted to the following:
    • Bahraini citizens and residents.
    • GCC citizens not requiring a visa.
    • Travelers eligible for visa on arrival or who have valid eVisas.
    • Military personnel.
    • Diplomats.
    • Individuals with UN, official or service passports.
  • All travelers entering Bahrain must obtain a COVID-19 PCR test upon arriving and pay for it themselves. Travelers who have been tested must wait in self-isolation for their test results. Those who stay in Bahrain for 10 days or more must obtain a second COVID-19 PCR test on the tenth day after arriving.

Background: Bahrain suspended visa on arrival services in March to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Analysis & Comments: The resumption of visa on arrival services for nationals from 68 countries will allow more travelers to enter Bahrain. Travelers should note, however, that these visas are only for tourism. Business travelers must obtain a sponsored eVisa before traveling to Bahrain. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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