Bahrain is a small nation located in the heart of the Persian Gulf.  It is only 760 Km2 in size with a population of over 1.5 million.  Even though it is a small sovereign state, it is the fourth most densely populated destination in the world.

Expats in Bahrain are apparently the happiest in the world according to the 2018 Internations survey.  It is easy to settle into this Gulf State with one expat summing it up “I don't feel like an expat. I feel at home.”  Bahrain locals are some of the friendliest in the world and speak enough English that expats can get by pretty easily.  Raising children in Bahrain is great with the quality of education as well as the availability of childcare and education being highly rated.  It doesn't however come cheap!

As per working in Bahrain, working hours, job security and overall job satisfaction also rates highly.  Expats have higher earnings than the worldwide average - that would definitely make you happy!  The other big bonus is that there is no personal or income tax on your monthly income.  There is only a 1% deduction for unemployment.

Bahrain Residency

Bahrain has an E-Visa system which makes applying for visas a lot easier.

Here are some of the ways to get residency in Bahrain:

Work Visas

Most expats coming to work in Bahrain are recruited from overseas and sponsored by their employer for the purpose of work and residence. See the Links and Resources section below for help on searching for jobs.  The employer needs to show that no local person can fulfill the role before they recruit from overseas.  Your employer will arrange for your entry visa before you arrive.

Family Visas

Your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident , you are eligible for residency. 



GDP Per Capita
$22,467  (Rank: 39)
Disposable Income
$1,227  (Rank: 61)
Life Expectancy
76.90  (Rank: 44)
Education Index
71.00%  (Rank: 60)
Corruption Index
43%  (Rank: 70)
Murders Per Year
6  (Rank: 21)
Crime Index
35.35  (Rank: 37)
Environmental Protection
51.83%  (Rank: 82)
Gender Equality
61.50%  (Rank: 131)
Annual Tourists
10,452,000  (Rank: 28)


Constitutional monarchy





Population Density

1,867 per square km

Note: Bahrain may not allow its citizens to hold dual citizenship. For more information check out this overview.

Bahrain Citizenship

Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in Bahrain:

  • If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.
  • If your paternal grandfather is a citizen of Bahrain at birth, you may be able to apply for citizenship of Bahrain.
  • If your husband is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after being resident for a period of 5 years.  
  • You can become a naturalized citizen if have lived in Bahrain for a period of at least twenty five consecutive years or at least fifteen consecutive years if you are an Arab.

Quality of Life

Rank: None

Cost of Living

Rank: 39


Rank: 37

Average Temp.


Rank: 14
Note: Results of 0% usually indicate stats are not available for this country / category.

Resources & Links

Finding work in Bahrain

Gulf Talent



The passport for Bahrain allows you to travel to 80 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 105.

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