Bahrain to relax visa policy in new tourism, business push

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share

Bahrain is planning to extend its visa on arrival policy to an additional 60 countries in a bid to increase its attractiveness as a tourism and business destination.

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) announced details of the new visa policy that now allows nationals of nearly 100 countries to obtain a visa on arrival.

The new visa policy will be implemented in 2015 with the potential to affect over 2.5 billion people who can now obtain a one month visa on arrival, with the ability to renew for another three months, the EDB said in a statement.

It added that the new visa policy 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.

Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the EDB, presented the new visa policy in a Cabinet meeting earlier this week, adding that it will help to "attract inward investment and drive forward economic growth and job creation".

The decision to revise the visa policy was taken based on key trends in the investor base in the kingdom, including a 58 percent increase in international investors who own businesses in Bahrain between 2005 and 2012, and 50 percent increase in Arab investors with 17 percent in non-residence equity owners.

The UNCTAD World Investment Report 2014, released last month, confirmed that total foreign direct investment (FDI) into Bahrain in 2013 was $989 million, an increase of 11 percent on 2012, outpacing global average growth of 9 percent.

Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

Posted by: Hdee

I'm sure the decision taken by HH Crown Prince Salman will be a very positive turning point for the Kingdom and the business .

Wish U all the Best , Dear Kingdom of Bahrain.

Posted by: Chris

This is good news. Happy to hear of this initiative by the Crown Prince.

Posted by: S Mehta

Good move. Hope they reap the benefits of being a first-mover. Woefully, Dubai and the UAE are still a work in progress on this score despite being the Arabian Gulf's champion cruise hub. Shame!

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Should the Gulf introduce VAT?

Should the Gulf introduce VAT?

The GCC’s plans to bring in value-added tax were withdrawn as...

Focus: Libya's decline and fall

Focus: Libya's decline and fall

Despite promises of a new future after the ouster of dictator...

Saudi Arabia: Smooth succession but a bumpy road ahead

Saudi Arabia: Smooth succession but a bumpy road ahead

Saudi Arabia’s new ruler King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud takes...

Most Popular
Most Discussed