Bahrain relaxes visas rules for business and tourism visitors

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The government of Bahrain has announced a second phase of visa updates, which will allow business visitors and tourists to spend longer periods of time in the country.

In October 2014, a new visa policy was implemented, allowing nationals from over 100 countries to obtain a visa either online ahead of travel, via the Bahrain government’s e-Visa website (www.evisa.gov.bh), or on arrival. Data from October 2014 to February 2015 show that more than 1,400 visitors from the 32 new countries eligible for visa on arrival and more than 2,300 visitors from the 36 new countries eligible for e-Visas benefited from the new policies.

Under the latest developments, both business visitors and tourists will now be able to spend longer periods of time in the Gulf kingdom, as the new policy dictates that business visas will be valid for a month and are multi-entry, whilst visitor visas are valid for three months and are also multi-entry.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Assistant Undersecretary for the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs at Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior said, “We are pleased that the data shows that a significant number of people are already benefiting from a greater ease of access into Bahrain, supporting the business and tourism sectors in the Kingdom…The second phase of updates will lead to further benefits for visitors, with increased flexibility and expanded eligibility.”