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Bahrain

If your company is sending employees to Bahrain — Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Bahrain, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible.  If you have any questions, please click here to contact us.

Bahrain has been called the most liberal business environment in the Middle East. Bahrain has a reasonably non-complex work authorization policy and transparent regulations.

Depending on their nationality, business visitors may apply for a business visa at a Bahraini consular post abroad, or for an electronic visit visa (visit e-visa) through the Bahrain Electronic Visa Service operated by Ministry of Interior. A business visa allows for either single or multiple entries and a stay of up to one or two weeks, with the possibility for one in-country extension for additional stay in the country for one month or three months, depending on nationality. A multiple-entry visit e-visa allows the foreign national to stay in Bahrain for up to 90 days and it is valid for one year. The maximum duration of stay under a visa-on-arrival is two weeks.

Foreign workers (other than Gulf Cooperation Council nationals, who are visa and work authorization exempt regardless of the duration of stay) must secure an employment contract with a local entity and obtain a work visa before they are permitted to work in Bahrain. Work authorization is generally valid for two years, and can be extended.

Note that individuals holding a passport from one of the following countries will be subject to additional scrutiny, and their employment and residency applications will likely be rejected:  Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. 

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.