A visit to Bahrain requires you more than packing a bag. Chances are that you need to take care of the proper documentation before you leave so that you can cross the border. Otherwise, you will not even be able to board your flight. Lucky for you, Bahrain does not have one of those strict visa policies and you have options. There are four categories of travelers as far as that policy is concerned, and it all depends on your country of origin. If you are lucky, you are visa exempt or can get a visa once you arrive in the country. The first category of travelers is represented by visa-exempt nationals. Every single country in this world has such a category. As a result of treaties and accords, some states allow their citizens to cross each other’s borders with nothing other than a passport or even a simple national ID card. Although the list is always limited and some conditions may apply, the rules are pretty straightforward for Bahrain. It seems that only the citizens of Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are allowed to cross the border to Bahrain without a visa. All they are required to have is a national ID card. The second category of travelers can apply for a visa online or get one once they land in Bahrain. Basically, these nationalities enjoy an either/or kind of situation in which they can choose from a visa on arrival or an electronic visa, whichever seems to be the most convenient at the time. If you belong to this category, you should know that you have your work cut out for you. As you may have noticed, getting whichever of the two is very simple. Of course, we recommend the electronic visa because the online process is a lot easier than standing in line at a counter, but it depends on your preference. Most of the nationalities in the world belong to this category of travelers, and most of them prefer the electronic visa because it takes very little time and effort. It is perfectly understandable. You can apply from home and get your visa in just a couple of days. The documents, both electronic and visa on arrival, grant you a 30-day stay inside Bahrain. The only exception is for Irish and UK citizens who are allowed to stay for 3 months. Even so, 30 days is more than enough given the fact that the application process is close to non-existent. That how easy it is. The third category of travelers is represented by people who have access only to an e-visa. There are 33 nationalities who have the option to get a visa is to apply online. Of course, they could also go to an embassy, but it is not worth it for short stays. That is because the electronic visa for this category of people grants only a 14-day stay. Even so, 14 days is more than enough for a vacation, a visit, or a business trip. The last category includes all the other nationalities who do not have access to any of the documents above. Most of them are from Africa, but there are a few from Asia and Europe. If you belong to this category, your only option to visit Bahrain is to go to an embassy. You cannot apply online or get a visa on arrival. As a result, you need to take a trip to the nearest consulate and apply for your visa there. Applying at an embassy for a visa is not a picnic. You need a few documents, you need to deal with government forms, and you need to wait for a while to get your visa. As for the required documents, you can use the internet to do some research, but you should use the information you find as a reference only. We advise you to contact the embassy itself and inquire there about what it is necessary for your application process. That way you can avoid taking a trip only to get there and find out that you do not have everything you need or you have the wrong documents. It is best if you are thorough so that you do not waste time and money. You probably do not know this, but Bahrain has reformed its visa policy in the recent years. The government kept making changes in 2014, 2015, and 2016. It was all for the better because according to statistics, the number of applicants grew considerably. All it meant was that the new policy was working and more and more people came to Bahrain. We all know that tourism is a significant part of a country’s economy, which is why every single state should make the visa application process as simple as possible. That, of course, already happens with most countries. Of course, a trip to Bahrain entails more than reading about the visa application process and categories of travelers. When you visit a new country, you should always do your homework. While the required documents will help you enter the country, there is a need for some extra information that will make your stay pleasant and fruitful. It does not hurt to read about their culture, habits, traditions, what to do and what not to do, culinary habits, and the list can go on. It is essential to respect the Bahraini’s way of life, especially since the country is mostly Muslim. As you can see, getting into Bahrain is not that difficult. Depending on your nationality, you can get your visa at the airport, online, or at a Bahraini embassy. Either way, the best part is that you have access to one and your entrance is not restricted. No matter how you apply, keep in mind to do your due diligence so that you have a straightforward and fast application process. Otherwise, you may experience the same thing that some people go through, and that is to repeat the process over until you learn to pay attention.