The Kingdom of Bahrain is keen to create a favorable business environment for investors and businessmen. Based on its strategic location, and given its commitment to building a better future, the Kingdom of Bahrain has become the most established business center in the Gulf region in terms of providing the most free and transparent environment for corporate and community service.
The Kingdom has been able to maintain its advanced position as a global competitive base for business by focusing on sustainable development, skills and good governance. It is committed to the rule of law, free market and democratic principles to meet the needs of many and ensure long-term prosperity for its people.
The Kingdom of Bahrain was ranked first in the world as the best country for the expatriate population according to the Expat Insider survey carried out by InterNations in 2017. This achievement is thanks to the services and policies adopted by the Kingdom to attract more expatriate workers and the values of tolerance and co-existence prevailing in Bahraini society.
Working in the Kingdom of Bahrain:
All visitors to the Kingdom of Bahrain are required to obtain a visa, except holders of passports from the GCC countries (except for the State of Qatar), where a visitor to Bahrain needs one of the following visas:
• Visiting and tourism visas
• Tourist visa valid for two weeks
Two-week stay visas are issued for citizens of the European Union, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and United States of America.
The applicant must have a valid passport, a roundtrip ticket or a ticket to continue the journey.
The visa fee is US$12, equivalent to BD5. The visa can be obtained upon arrival at Bahrain International Airport. Tourist visas do not allow visitors to perform any business.
Visas for 72 hours / 7 days
It is obtained upon arrival at Bahrain International Airport or on the King Fahd Causeway and its issuance requires travelers to have a return ticket or a ticket to follow the flight in addition to the passport.
Requirements for Residence and Work in the Kingdom of Bahrain
Those wishing to live and work lawfully in the Kingdom of Bahrain should apply for the visas and permits below. Employers are advised to follow the required procedures and submit the required documents to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) before the arrival of their employees and their families to the country.
Documents required by the Labor Market Regulatory Authority to issue a work visa:
• Visa application form
• Employee's passport
• Personal photo (passport size)
• Letter of sponsorship: a letter from the employer indicating the name of the employer / establishment / commercial registration number, employee's duties, salary, duration of contract, employee's name, date of birth and nationality.
• Copy of the contract of employment
• A health certificate from a licensed clinic
• Fees of BD100
Residence permits (family visas), submitted to the Labor Market Regulatory Authority and issued by the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence upon submission of the following documents:
• Application form
• Copies of passports of the employees and their families
• Letter of sponsorship
• Employment contract
• Health certificates for family members from a licensed clinic
• Fees of BD22 for each application.
CPR (ID card) - The application is submitted to the Central Informatics Organization (CIO) with the following documents:
• Employee passport (or spouse)
• A sponsorship letter containing the employee's family names
• Marriage certificate (for spouse) and birth certificates (for children)
• BD1 for each application
The start of investment in the Kingdom of Bahrain
The Economic Development Board (EDB) provides services to facilitate the business of investors who wish to establish business in the Kingdom of Bahrain for the first time. These services include the EDB’s role as the first point of contact in the Kingdom, understanding the objectives of the investors and providing them with information on the procedures required for establishing business as well as assist them to form a network of communications within Bahrain.
In view of the close work between the EDB and the Ministries in the country and their bureaus, it can facilitate easy access of investors to the Bahrain market and ensure the success of business in the Kingdom.