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Updated September 2023
Bahrain has opened its borders to travelers from all around the world. Although Bahrain is a popular tourist destination in the Gulf region, some travelers may only wish to transit through the country. If that’s the case, certain transit requirements must be fulfilled in order to transit via Bahrain.
If you are planning to transit through Bahrain, it is essential to be aware of the latest Bahrain transit rules.
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Transiting in Bahrain
Bahrain’s visa policy does not require travelers planning to transit through Bahrain who have a connecting time of fewer than 8 hours to obtain a Bahrain transit visa. However, said travelers will not be allowed to leave the airport. Conversely, travelers whose stay in the airport exceeds 8 hours will be required to obtain a Bahrain transit visa.
It’s important to note that the Bahrain transit visa is non-extendable and can only be granted to a foreigner who does not have a residence or occupation in Bahrain and whose sole purpose of visiting Bahrain is for recreation, sightseeing, and casual visits to meet friends and relatives.
How to apply for a Bahrain transit visa?
The Bahrain transit visa can be applied for through the Gulf-based airline the applicant is traveling with, a travel agency, or an established agent via the visa section of the Bahrain Embassy in their country.
Additionally, travelers with a layover of more than 7 hours but less than 24 hours at Bahrain International Airport may qualify for a free transit visa during their connecting period as per the official Bahraini visa policy. However, please be aware that entry into the Kingdom of Bahrain is at the sole discretion of the Ministry of Interior upon your arrival.
Bahrain transit visa fees
- Up to 24 hours prior to your flight, if the total cost of your ticket, including the fare and carrier-imposed charges, is under USD 450 (for one-way or return trips)
You have the option to reserve an STPC (Stopover Paid by Carrier) package. The fee for adults is USD 80, and for children aged 2 to 12, it’s USD 55. Infants under 2 years old will enjoy a complimentary stay.
- For passengers traveling between the Indian Sub-continent and the Middle East, or vice versa, if the total fare value, including the ticket fare and carrier-imposed charges, is below USD 450
You will be eligible for up to two meal vouchers for layovers up to 12 hours. However, if you wish to secure an STPC package, you can do so at your own expense by booking it 24 hours before your departure.
- Within 24 hours before departure, at the departure airport, or upon arriving in Bahrain, if the total cost of your ticket, including the ticket fare and carrier-imposed charges, is less than USD 450 (for one-way or return travel)
You have the option to reserve an STPC (Stopover Paid by Carrier) package. This package is available at a rate of USD 100 for adults and USD 100 for children aged 2 to 12. Infants under 2 years old will enjoy a complimentary stay. Blue and Silver Falconflyer members holding redemption tickets can also purchase the STPC package at the mentioned rate.
Please note that your admission into the Kingdom of Bahrain is subject to the discretion of the Ministry of Interior upon your arrival.