Bahrain isn`t the most popular tourist destination among Russians. This tiny island nation can be a great choice if you have long wanted to learn Islamic culture. There is a unique local cuisine, and a kind of architecture. At the same time, Bahrain is one of the most modern Arab countries.
Manama, the capital of Bahrain, will appeal to every tourist. There is everything for a pleasant stay, regardless of the age of the traveler. Water parks, modern museums, unique oriental architecture, a dolphinarium, historical monuments, amusement parks – these are just a small list of what you can visit.
Bahrain visas are required for a Russian citizens. Nevertheless, the visa legislation is very loyal, especially with regard to Russian tourists. There are three ways to get visas: upon arrival, online or through the consulate. Visas can be extended if desired. You can’t do without documents, you will have to collect a small set of papers. But it doesn`t compare with a set of documents, say, for Schengen visa.
Visas can be obtained directly at the local airport upon arrival in Bahrain. The decision is made by a migration employee who pre-checks your documents.
The validity of the visa is two weeks. If desired, the visa obtained can be extended for another two weeks by contacting the Bahrain Ministry of the Interior. The total duration of the visa is not more than 4 weeks.
To obtain such a visa, you need to have a passport with the current validity period, round-trip tickets, a printout of your accommodation reservation (this can be either a hotel or an apartment), a migration card (issued by plane or at the airport, we recommend filling it out in advance), a certificate from the work on the amount of wages (translate it into English and notarize), medical insurance.
Arrival clearance will cost about $ 15. Payment is in local currency – Bahraini dinar.
Online visa application
Sometimes a visa upon arrival is simply not possible. For example, if there are only a few days left before the trip, then it expires. In this case, you can apply for a visa via the Internet. It is possible to fill out an online visa application form. Anyone who has applied for a visa at least once before.
After filling out the questionnaire, you need to pay the fees. Only credit cards are accepted. The cost of registration is about $ 75. Payment is in Bahraini dinar. If the visa isn`t approved, the fee isn`t refundable. An online visa allows you to stay in Bahrain for no more than two weeks.
If you plan to stay in Bahrain for more than two weeks, you need to apply for a visa at the consulate. On average, such a visa is issued in one to two weeks. When applying, you need to pay a fee of $ 25. It is paid in dollars too.
To apply for a visa at the consulate, prepare the following set of documents:
• International passport. Pay attention to the expiration date. The passport shouldn`t end at least three months from the moment you return home from the trip. Also prepare a photocopy of your passport. You need to copy the page where your personal data is indicated.
• Visa application form. It is completed in English or Arabic and signed by hand. The form can be downloaded from the Internet or taken at the consulate.
• Pictures 2 of size 3.5×4.5 cm (standard photo, as in Schengen), on a white background, contrasting and clear.
• Invitation. Anyone can invite: an individual or a company. Usually tourists are invited by the hotel in which they will live. Also, invitations are issued by the airline. You can also be invited by an intermediary who provides services at the invitation of foreigners.
• When traveling with minors, there must be a photocopy of their birth certificates.
In Bahrain transit visas for Russians are also necessary, but they are issued upon arrival. A trip is considered a trip when you fly to a third country through Bahrain and are forced to stay in Bahrain for no more than 72 hours (3 days). Sometimes they can get a visa for 24 hours, if during this time you have time to make a transplant. If you plan to stay in Bahrain for longer than 24-72 hours, you will have to apply for a regular visa upon arrival.
If you manage to make a transfer within 8 hours, then a visa isn`t required at all. In this case, you wouldn`t be able to leave the airport, please note. To get transit visas, you need to have airline tickets with you to travel along the entire route. You also need to pay a fee. Its value will be established by the migration employee at the airport (usually the amount is not large).
Bahrain is an interesting and colorful Asian country, one of the most modern among Islamic states. All Russians need visas when visiting Bahrain. Visa can be obtained upon arrival, online or at the consulate. If you are planning a transit trip and you will be in Bahrain for more than 8 hours, you need to obtain transit visa at the airport upon arrival.