The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization
Visa Requirements for Bahraini Citizens
Visa requirements for citizens of Bahrain are administrative entry restrictions placed on Bahraini passport holders by the authorities of all other countries around the world.
As these can vary greatly, travelers from Bahrain should check what the visa requirements are for their destination when planning to travel to any country they have not previously visited.
As of writing, the Bahraini passport ranks 63rrd on the Henley Passport Index, just above fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member country Oman. This list ranks global passports in terms of the travel freedom enjoyed by their holders, and Bahrainis are currently able to visit over 65 nations worldwide visa-free or with a visa on arrival.
The countries for which citizens of Bahrain are granted visa exceptions include all of the other GCC member states, as freedom of movement for unlimited periods is permitted between these territories. Over 30 additional countries permit Bahrainis to cross their orders for varying periods of short stay with a valid passport from Bahrain.
Bahraini nationals are also able to obtain an eVisa or electronic travel authorization through a simple online application to travel to around 25 destinations around the world for short-term stays.
These online application programs remove the need to wait in long border queues to get a visa on arrival or visit an embassy in person to submit supporting documents.
To travel to these countries for longer stays, as well as to visit over 150 destinations worldwide for any period of time, it is necessary to apply for an embassy visa for nationals of Bahrain from the nearest relevant diplomatic government office.
There are not currently any countries that impose a visa ban for Bahrainis.
Find further information about the different worldwide visa requirements for Bahraini nationals below.