Visas for the F1 Event in the Kingdom of Bahrain 2014
The Formula 1 event in Bahrain will be held between
4-6 April 2014. Passengers can only use this visa
for entry into Bahrain between 23 March to 06 April 2014 inclusive. The F1 visa is valid for 2 weeks from the
date of first entry and is a multiple re-entry visa. This visa has no physical evidence in the
passport. A printout of the visa
approval or a letter of invitation from the guarantor may be carried by the passenger.
Passengers can obtain the F1 visa on arrival, or pre-arrange the visa
through the internet (www.evisa.gov.bh)
or NPRA (Nationality, Passports & Residence Affairs) Headquarters depending
on their nationality and GCC expat residence status.
Visas can be obtained on arrival by the following
countries (G37 group): Andorra, Australia, Austria,
Belgium, Brunei, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong
Kong SAR, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia,
Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, San Marino,
Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom United
States of America, Vatican City and South Korea. [Additional nationalities that
can obtain a visa on arrival are Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Hungary, Panama, South
Africa, Taiwan, Venezuela & India]
GCC expat residents can also obtain an F1 visa on arrival. These
nationalities can also obtain a pre-arranged F1 visa over the internet. In
order to make the process at the border smoother all the above listed countries
should utilize the online service to obtain their visas prior to arrival via
the website (www.evisa.gov.bh)
All nationalities except for the above listed nationalities and GCC expat
residents must have a guarantor to obtain a
pre-arranged F1 visa. The guarantor can be a
Bahraini commercial entity or a Bahraini individual. Pre-arranged F1 visas can
be obtained by the guarantor at NPRA
Headquarters in Manama. Therefore, companies that are marketing the tickets for
the event whose clients are outside Bahrain and are not part of the above
listed nationalities or GCC expat residents must have a Bahraini guarantor to arrange a F1 visa on their behalf.
NPRA would like to encourage all Bahraini commercial entities that are
involved with the Formula 1 event, whether for ticket sales or providing
accommodation facilities, to register online and make use of the internet
services offered by NPRA.
Arrival procedures for F1 visitors
All F1 visitors must fill out Arrival cards before
proceeding to the designated immigration counters.
NPRA has set up several fast-track lanes at the airport solely dedicated
for passports & immigration procedures related to F1.
The Arrival cards will be distributed to the
airlines and are available at the information desk before the immigration
A special entry stamp shall be stamped by the Immigration officer into
the passport and on the Arrival card.
Conditions for all applicants for F1 visas are:
- Passengers must produce a valid F1 ticket,
proof of purchase or identification showing the passenger is officially
associated with the F1 event in Bahrain.
- Passport must be valid for length of stay
- Passenger must have a valid confirmed
onward travel ticket to leave Bahrain.
- The visa holder must not violate the
security and national welfare of Bahrain.
- The visa holder must not take any type of
employment when in Bahrain.
- The applicant must be outside Bahrain, and
must apply via guarantor or internet
unless eligible for visa on arrival.
- All visa holders must be able to support
themselves and any dependents while in Bahrain.
- This visa is not available for applicants
- This visa cannot be extended.
Cost of F1 visas
F1 visas will be issued free of charge ]
Should there be any questions or queries, please contact the eServices
section in NPRA on telephone 17530902, fax 17534490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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