Upon arrival, short-term visas for Bahrain are granted at the airport to anyone travelling or sponsored under orders.
However, after arriving, a long-term visa is required in order to apply for and receive a Central Population Registry (CPR) card.
CPR cards are required for anyone who wants to pick up, register, and drive a personally owned vehicle (POV) while in Bahrain.
CPR cards are also encouraged for anyone staying in Bahrain for over a year, since they're necessary for transactions off-base, including hospital visits, renting apartments and cell-phone accounts.
Applying for a Long-Term Visa:
1. Complete the official Bahrain Visa application online.
*Click "I Agree" at bottom of page that opens.
2. Print out the application in color and submit to NSA Bahrain's Immigration Office.
3. Complete instructions and contact info can be found here.
4. After receiving your long-term visa, you can then apply for a CPR card at the immigration office.