In the wake of the recent visa policy promulgated in September of the year 2014, the Bahrain government a second stage of updates that will permit visitors as well as business tourists to stay in the nation for a longer duration. It also aims at facilitating easy access for visa holders and GCC residents.
During the month of October in 2014, new visa tactics were put into action that permitted citizens from across 100 nations to get either visa before the tour through the government of Bahrain electronic visa webpage or on arrival. According to data obtained between October last year to February of this year, over 1,400 tourists from 32 additional nations eligible for VoAs or Visas on Arrival. Over 2,300 travelers from 36 distinct nations eligible for electronic visas would gain from these new policies.
As part of these current changes, from 1 April, 2015 onwards both travelers and business visitors will be capable of spending more time in Bahrain. The latest policy indicates that business permits are of a multi-entry type and valid for one month. The visit permits are held valid for three months and is multi-entry as well. The inhabitants of any GCC country will be eligible for a multiple-entry VoA or online, thereby facilitating regional expats to come to Bahrain. Those citizens of countries not eligible to hold electronic visas or VoA can still apply for electronic visas in case they have a visitor permit for any of the other GCC nations.
According to Assistant Undersecretary for the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs at Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior, Shaikh Ahmed bin Isa Al Khalifa, a large count of people are already profiting due to easy access into the Kingdom. This has led to the travel and business sectors receiving backing in the country.
In the words of EDB or Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, Mr. Khalid Al Rumaihi, these new visa policies will place Bahrain in a position of countries having the most adaptable visa policies in the region. It would help expats conduct business with ease of moving in and out of the Kingdom and giving a fillip to the tourism industry. It will help in contributing to the economy and development of the country. These policies would be inclusive of screening procedure for individuals, thus making certain that the processing of applications will be more effective.