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Welcome to Bahrain.

Welcome to the Gulf’s most liberal business environment , with the lowest taxes and operating costs and a refreshing lack of red tape. And, with everything from ancient souks to Saks Fifth Avenue, welcome to the best shopping.

Welcome to the Gulf’s most progressive and fastest growing financial centre and to a culture that can trace its roots back some 4,000 years. Welcome to the Gulf’s most skilled and educated workforce . A workforce that knows how to enjoy itself in Bahrain’s wealth of cafés and restaurants.

Welcome to the Gulf’s geographical hub. Bahrain’s airline, Gulf Air, offers more flights, more often to more regional destinations than any other. Though we trust you’ll be in no hurry to leave. In a country where the hospitality is legendary, you’ll always be welcomed with a friendly smile.

Welcome to Bahrain. Rated by an HSBC poll of expatriates in its top 5 countries with the best quality of life. (Nov. 25, 2009 )

Visas are required by all visitors to Bahrain except passport holders of the GCC States. All other visitors require one of the following visas:

Visiting and Tourist Visas

Two Weeks Tourist Visas

Tourist visas are issued for stays of two weeks to citizens of the European Union (EU), Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and the USA. Applicants must possess valid, up-to-date passports and a return or onward ticket. A visa fee of BD5 ($12) is applied and can be obtained at entry at the Bahrain International Airport.  Tourist visas don’t allow visitors to engage in any employment.

72 hour/7 day Visas

Obtained on arrival at the Bahrain International Airport or at the King Fahad Causeway. In addition to a passport, the passenger must have a confirmed return/onward journey ticket for the visa application to be processed.

Current Requirements to Live and Work in Bahrain

Anyone wishing to live and legally work in Bahrain will need to apply for the following visas and permits. Employers are advised to arrange and process necessary documents to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority prior to the arrival of their employees and dependents.  

Work Visa, submitted to and issued by Labour Market Regulatory Authority. Requirements:
  • Visa application form 
  • Employee’s passport
  • Passport size photograph
  • Sponsorship Letter: a letter of employment indicating employer’s name/organization, commercial registration number, employee’s capacity, salary, contract duration, employee’s name, birth date and nationality
  • Copy of the contract
  • Health record from an authorised clinic
  • BD100 fee

Residency Permit (Family Visa), submitted to Labour Market Regulatory Authority and issued by General Department for Nationality & Passport Residence. Requirements:
  • Application form 
  • Employee & family’s passport copies
  • Employee’s sponsorship letter
  • Employee’s contract
  • Family health record from an authorised clinic
  • BD22 fee per applicant

CPR Card (Identification Card), submitted to and issued by Central Informatics Organization. Requirements:
  • Employee (or spouse) passport
  • Sponsorship letter stating names of dependents
  • Marriage certificate (for spouse) and birth certificate (for children) 
  • BD1 fee per applicant

Getting Started

Bahrain's Economic Development Board offers an investor facilitation service to first-time investors who are interested in setting up a business in Bahrain. This service includes acting as the first point of contact to the Kingdom, understanding the objectives of investors, providing them with information regarding the relevant procedures for setting up business, and helping them to form a network of contacts in Bahrain.

Working across Government Ministries and bodies, we can facilitate easy entry to the Bahrain market, ensuring you can make it happen for your business in the Kingdom.



  • Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani



  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    P.O. Box 547
    Government Road
    Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

    7:30 AM - 2:15 PM

    Operation Office:
    24 Hours

    Telephone: +973-17227555

  • Embassies

  • Find a Kingdom of Bahrain embassy:

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  • Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Academy for Diplomatic Studies
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  • *Ministry of Foreign Affairs' is responsible for coordinating and implementing all matters related to the nation's foreign policy, Bahrain's relations with other countries and international organizations, and to protecting the interests of Bahraini citizens abroad.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    P.O. Box 547
    Government Avenue
    Kingdom of Bahrain