Getting a Visa

Starting March 29th 2015, Applicants should take an appointment through the call center on 17516544. (From 9 am to 4 pm Sunday till Thursday) or by visiting .
For information call the Embassy on 17 298 660 or 17 298 633.

Following the recent tragic events and unlike the rumors circulating, issued Schengen visas are still valid and access to countries of the Schengen area remain open although border controls have been reinforced.

Applicants who have already obtained a Schengen visa with biometric data collection less than 5 years ago (precisely within the last 59 months) are now exempt from providing their biometric data, provided the previous Schengen visa mentions ‘VIS’.

To qualify for this exemption measure, you have to submit a copy of your previous Schengen visa indicating the ‘VIS’ mention, in support of your visa application. If these conditions are met, you are not required to present in person to give your biometric data. Your visa application must contain, aside from the other required supporting documents, two passport photos meeting the ICAO standards.

Please note that in the event that the biometric data previously recorded could not be used to issue you a new visa, the Embassy may ask to collect your biometric data once more.

All foreign citizens who wish to come to France must be able to present regulatory proof of the purpose of their stay, means of support and accommodation.
In some cases, they need a visa to enter France. Visas must be applied for before leaving for France at the nearest French consular office.

The "Schengen" visa regulations give each member state the right to prior consultation before issuing a visa within its competence. The decision on this application is made within 15 calendar days from the date of its submission, this delay can nevertheless be extended. It is a sovereign decision of the state issuing the visa to undertake such investigations as it deems necessary.

Applicants for the Schengen Visa can obtain appointments either by calling 17516544 from 9 AM to 4 PM from Sunday to Thursday (except holidays) or by applying online:

Please remember that, according to a European act, since December 26th. 2007, the French Embassy in Bahrain will only deliver biometrical visas. Such visas need the applicant’s appearance, to record his/her personal data (photo & fingerprints).

Children under 12 y.o. do not need to appear.

List of people that are authorized to accompany applicants to the embassy when requesting for a visa:

list of official representatives (not published list)
an accompaniment for applicants who are minors (parents or legal guardian)

Collecting passports & visa:
Passport collection from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ONLY. When collecting the passport from the embassy, they are to present the original receipt given.
This receipt is kept as proof of collection of the passport.

Do you need a visa?

Several factors determine whether a visa is waived. Please check on the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry’s website.

Bahraini citizens need a visa to enter the Schengen territory. To avoid inconvenience, kindly submit your application at least 20 days prior to your departure.
Diplomatic and official passports holders can enter without a visa in France only; a visa is still needed to enter other Schengen countries.

The visa delivery time, may depend on the nationality of the applicant. For more information regarding the visa delivery time, please contact the embassy on 17 298 660 or 17 298 633.

How much does a visa cost?

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs- visas fares

For a short-stay visa, it costs the equivalent in BHD to 60€.

Only CASH (Bahraini Dinars) is accepted.

Where to apply for a Schengen visa in Manama?

A Schengen visa is delivered to residents who LIVE, WORK or STUDY in Bahrain ONLY.

A Schengen visa is delivered according to the first or main destination country. The Embassy of France draws the public’s attention to the fact that, in case of a visit to different countries inside the Schengen space, this is the country where the stay is the longest that determines the relevant embassy where to apply for the visa.

The French Embassy delivers Schengen visas for the following states:

The French Embassy DOES NOT issue visas for Spain and Greece.

How can you take an appointment?

You can book an appointment by calling 17516544 from 9 am to 4 pm from Sunday to Thursday (except holidays) or by visiting

For information call the Embassy on 17 298 660 or 17 298 633.

Diplomatic and Special passport holders NEED an appointment. They are to follow the instructions given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or call the Embassy on 17 298 660. To obtain an appointment for Special/ Diplomatic passport holders, an email must be sent to the embassy (requesting the same) on

For any queries regarding the visa process, please call the Embassy, Visa section on 17 298 660 or 17 298 663 after 12.30 PM

Which documents do you need to get a visa?

For Domestic Workers click here

Short stay visa: Download the application form
A short stay, is a stay in the Schengen area under 90 days or multiple stays totaling less than 90 days in a period of 6 months.

Download the visa requirements

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Download the parental authorization form (only for applicants under 18)

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Download the parental authorization form (only for applicants under 18)

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Download the parental authorization form (only for applicants under 18)

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A stay of more than three consecutive months shall be the subject of an application for a long stay visa which when considered favorably will lead to the delivery of a national visa.

According to the wide variety of motivations behind this long stay, we would advise you to get into contact with visa section of the Embassy, which, after an interview, would define which type of application file has to be constituted.

« Living in France»

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Only applicants living in the Kingdom of Bahrain and looking forward to staying in France/ Austria/ Portugal, can be granted such a visa.

Applicants must prove sufficient income to cover their stay, at least 60 BHD per day /per person. They must also indicate on the form the address where they intend to reside during their stay.

Long stay visa: Download the application form


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published on 12/12/2016

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