Bahrain has announced it is now offering a ten-year multi-entry visa for U.S. nationals traveling for tourism.

Key Points:

  • U.S. nationals who obtain the new visa will be allowed to stay in Bahrain for up to 90 days each visit. During their stays, they may not engage in work activities. The five-year version of the same visa also remains available. All U.S. nationals who had obtained the new visa are not permitted to take up any paid or unpaid employment during their visit to Bahrain. And, they must not be involved with any hands-on/work activities at any entities in the Kingdom. Please note that this visa is merely considered as a visit visa, and no business-related activities are to be conducted by them during their stay in the country.
  • U.S. nationals can apply for the new visa at this website for a fee of BHD 64. When applying, applicants must provide copies of the following documents: a return air travel ticket, a hotel reservation and bank statements for the previous three months. Applicants must show a balance of at least the equivalent of BHD 300 (about $795).

Background: Bahrain has recently moved to open up after suspending international travel because of COVID-19. The country resumed visa on arrival services for foreign nationals of 68 countries in September. Bahrain and the U.S. agreed to the visa arrangement this past summer.

Analysis & Comments:
The new ten-year multi-entry visa provides another option to U.S. nationals who spend a significant amount of time traveling to Bahrain.

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