Bahrain changes visa, residency fees to boost competition

Changes approved by Cabinet include the introduction of a one-time visa valid for two weeks
By Staff writer
Tue 11 Oct 2016 01:46 PM

Bahrain’s Cabinet has approved the launch of visa and residency reforms amongst other measures to boost competition in the country and attract more investors and tourists.

The Cabinet approved a draft order to alter the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs’ service fees, reported Gulf Daily News.

Changes will include the introduction of a one-time visa valid for two weeks for a fee of $13 (BD5), the extension of the duration stay per visit for a three-month multiple entry visa holder from two weeks to a month, the issuance of a multiple entry visa valid for one year for a fee of $225 (BD85) and the increase in the price of a five-year multiple entry visa from $160 (BD60) to $450 (BD170).

Other measures discussed during the cabinet’s meeting include the improvement of government performance, the enhancement of government-citizen communication through the establishment of the National Communication Centre and the reorganisation of the Transport and Telecommunications Ministry.

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