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Indian Nationals Eligible For Bahrain Evisa From October 1 2014

October 2, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Indians will be eligible to apply for an eVisa to Bahrain from October 1 2014. From 2015 residents of India will also now be able to spend longer periods of time in Bahrain.

Under the new system visas will be valid for a month and can be renewed for up to three months. Additionally, multiple entry visas will also be available for Indian citizens.’s new visa policy allows nationals from over 100 countries to obtain a visa either online ahead of travel. The new visa policy is an important development that places Bahrain among the countries with the most flexible visa policies in the region. The new policy will also be accompanied by improvements to the individual screening process, ensuring faster and more effective processing of applications. It benefits around half the world’s population, including 1.25 billion Indians, and will further enable expatriates who do business in Bahrain, to easily travel in and out of the Kingdom more easily, as well as boosting the tourism industry

Under the new policy, visitors from 66 countries will be able to receive visas upon arrival in Bahrain. These visitors will also be eligible to apply for their visas electronically ahead of their arrival in the Kingdom, further easing their travel experience. Visitors from a further 36 countries will also be able to exclusively obtain electronic visas, bringing the overall total of countries eligible to receive eVisas to 102. eVisas can be obtained ahead of travel through a simple online application process, making the process of travelling to the Kingdom for both business and pleasure practical and convenient, and eligibility can be quickly checked via the Bahrain government’s eVisa website (

The new visa policy was presented by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Bahrain Economic Development Board,in a Cabinet meeting in July 2014, and His Royal Highness emphasised that reforms such as this, which support the business environment in the Kingdom, will help to continue to attract inward investment and drive forward economic growth and job creation.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Isa AlKhalifa, Assistant Undersecretary for Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs at Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior, commented: “This policy will provide easier and quicker access for businesses with operations in Bahrain and will also help to attract more tourists to the Kingdom. During the build-up phase, we have worked closely with a range of stakeholders in the public and private sectors to ensure the new policy provides immediate benefits to visitors, and are pleased to be in a position to launch the new policy from October 1st 2014. The changes are being implemented as part of wider efforts to continually develop the passport and immigration processes and systems.”

H.E. Dr. Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, commented: “India and Bahrain have an economic and trade partnership that stretches back hundreds of years. Indians also make up a sizeable proportion of the Kingdom’s population and contribute significantly to Bahrain’s culture and society. Through this new visa policy I hope that Indian businesses will be encouraged to build on existing ties and explore new investment opportunities in Bahrain and the wider GCC region.”

In recent years, Bahrain has seen investment from a number of Indian companies. For example, JBF Industries has a factory located in the Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP) to manufacture polyester and metallised film – one of the largest investments in the park. Kerala Institute of Medical Science (KIMS) announced its second venture in Bahrain with the launch of the Bahrain Royal Hospital in 2012, following the success of KIMS Bahrain Medical Centre, which also celebrated its 10year anniversary in the Kingdom earlier this month, and the company has plans to expand further. Canara Bank, ICICI, State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and others are all part of Bahrain’s thriving financial sector and we have also seen a number of collaborations in the ICT sector.

The GCC is also India’s largest trading partner, with bilateral trade having been forecast to exceed US$175 billion in 2013, far exceeding the trade links that India has with China, the US or the EU.

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